In the Studio: Ethan Hawke tapes Overheard February 18!

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Join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Ethan Hawke on February 18 at 11:15am in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 10:45am.  The event is free but an RSVP is required. 

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Ethan Hawke is an Academy Award-nominated actor and screenwriter. He’s also an author of three novels, including his most recent Rules for a Knight, which The New Yorker called “a hybrid parenting guide and self-help book.” Hawke was nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role last year for his performance in Boyhood. In his newest film, Born to be Blue, he plays legendary jazz musician Chet Baker. That film will be released March 25th.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith continues a 6th 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 Ethan Hawke. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at klru.org/overheard

 

Indie Lens Pop-Up The Graduates 3/1

Join KLRU and the Austin Public Library for the Indie Lens Pop-Up screening of the documentary The Graduates. This free event takes place Tuesday, March 1st, at 7 p.m. at the Austin Public Library Windsor Park Branch 5833 Westminster Dr., Austin, TX, 78723.

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Pressing issues in education today are explored through the eyes of a diverse array of Latino and Latina adolescents from across the United States, offering first-hand perspectives on key challenges facing both the students and their families, as well as educators and community leaders.

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.

Valentine’s Day Music Night on KLRUQ

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Since February 14th is the day of love, use it to celebrate your love of music with KLRUQ! At 6 pm, take a look into Elvis Presley’s roots and rise to fame. At 7pm, learn all you need to know about Frank Sinatra’s career. On American Masters at 8 pm, see how Marvin Hamlisch went from child prodigy to popular composer. At 9:30 pm, check out never-before-seen footage of Dave Clark Five.

Elvis: Return To Tupelo at 6 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, Mississippi. 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.

Frank Sinatra: The Voice Of Our Time  at 7 pm
Hosted by singer Mel Torme, this documentary chronicles the career of Frank Sinatra. The program focuses on Sinatra’s career from the 1940s through the 1960s, using archival footage and clips of Sinatra in newsreels, television programs, and films.

American Masters Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did For Love at 8 pm
By age 31, Marvin Hamlisch had won four Grammys, an Emmy, three Oscars, a Tony and a Pulitzer Prize, making him one of only 2 PEGOT’s ever. A child prodigy accepted at Juilliard at age six, Hamlisch’s classical training laid the groundwork for his popular compositions. A rich archival legacy, interviews with his A-list collaborators, and cooperation from his family combine to tell this rich and engrossing story.

Dave Clark Five — Glad All Over  at 9:30 pm
In a frequently overlooked historical fact, The Dave Clark Five were actually the first English group to tour America in May of 1964, and thus were the first to spearhead the ensuring “British Invasion” of rock & roll that went on to change the world. The film features never-before-seen footage from Clark’s personal archives together with clips from the hit UK series Ready Steady Go! with performances by The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Dusty Springfield, Stevie Wonder, The Supremes, Martha Reeves and The Vandellas, Marvin Gaye and Otis Redding.

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Science Night 2/17

Tune in for a Science Night that blasts into the past! At 7, Sir David Attenborough pieces together archeological clues in order to discover a long extinct giant. At 8, NOVA tells the story of the oldest human mummy on Earth. Finally at 9, experts discover a site filled with fossils of extinct animals.

Nature Raising The Dinosaur Giant at 7 p.m.

Have scientists discovered the biggest animal to have ever walked the planet? Sir David Attenborough will guide us through the remarkable journey of waking the giant as it happens – connecting the dots, translating the paleo jargon and explaining the revelations using living examples, other dinosaur discoveries and CGI visuals. As a finale, he will unveil the completed giant.

NOVA Iceman Reborn at 8 p.m.

Murdered more than 5,000 years ago, Otzi the Iceman is the oldest human mummy on Earth. Now, newly discovered evidence sheds light not only on this mysterious ancient man, but on the dawn of civilization in Europe.

NOVA Watch Ice Age Death Trap at 9 p.m.

Experts uncover a site in Colorado packed with fossil mammoths and other extinct beasts.

Highlights Feb. 14-20

KLRU Highlights

The hospital war reaches a climax and Violet goes on the warpath on Downton Abbey Season 6 on Masterpiece Episode 6 at 7 pm Sunday. Daisy tries to foil a romance. Prospects are looking up for Mary and Edith.

At 8 pm on Sunday, a car race gives Mary flashbacks and Mrs. Patmore opens for business on Downton Abbey Season 6 on Masterpiece Episode 7. Mrs. Hughes tricks Carson. Things get serious for Edith. Robert gets a surprise gift.

This week on Mercy Street, the unexpected visit of a hospital inspector throws the staff into disarray on Sunday and Thursday at 9 pm. Meanwhile, Mary feels empathy for a deserter, while Silas makes Samuel pay for his arrogance. A family tragedy forces James Sr. to take a risky step to earn his family’s respect.

On Independent Lens, the documentary Watch The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight For Civil highlights the journey of a civil rights leader who was both celebrated and controversial at 9 pm on Monday.

At 10 pm on Monday, Vel Phillips: Dream Big Dreams tells the story of a now-91 year-old woman and how she challenged the status quo in her lifetime as an African-American woman.

Sean Combs and LL Cool J, two hip hop legends, discover their family roots via DNA technology on Family Reunion Finding Your Roots at 7 pm on Tuesday.

On Tuesday at 8 pm, Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution will take you back to the 60s when the Black Panther Movement made a monumental splash in the realm of identity politics.

In 1973, Tom Bradley broke racial boundaries as the first African-American mayor in a majority white, major U.S. city. On Tuesday at 10 pm, Bridging The Divide: Tom Bradley And The Politics, will discuss his successes and failures during his time as mayor of Los Angeles.

Paleontologists have discovered a giant femur – the largest dinosaur bone that has ever been unearthed. Wednesday at 7 pm, Nature Raising The Dinosaur Giant will walk you through what this and other discoveries about this species means, and by the end reveal what the giant looked like.

Murdered more than 5,000 years ago, Otzi the Iceman is the oldest human mummy on Earth. On Wednesday at 8 pm, NOVA Iceman Reborn will shed light not only on this mysterious ancient man, but on the dawn of civilization in Europe.

Wednesday at 10 pm and Friday at 9 pm, Austin City Limits presents the Grammy Award-winning group, Tedeschi Trucks Band. Featuring Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks and an ensemble of musicians, the band will showcase their latest record, Let Me Get By.

On Thursday at 7 pm, Overheard with Evan Smith will feature award-winning author, Margaret Atwood. She’s best known for her novels, including The Edible Woman, The Handmaid’s Tale, and The Blind Assassin, which won the Booker Prize in 2000. Her newest novel, The Heart Goes Last, was published in September.

At 7:30 pm on Thursday, Admissions On Trial: Seven Decades Of Race In Higher Ed.  discusses three court cases from this year that argue race should not be a factor in higher education admissions. The updated KLRU documentary examines the history of race in higher education, presents the new arguments being made, and speculates what will come next.

The Daytripper San Angelo, Tx explores the history of this west Texas town as well as its present day attractions on Thursday at 8:30 pm. Chet visits a brothel museum and Fort Concho, mountain bikes and searches for fresh water pearls. He fuels up by trying stuffed avocados and donut sandwiches.

On Friday at 8 pm, Carole King: American Masters delves into the hit singer-songwriter’s life and career from 1960s New York to the music mecca of ’70s LA to the present. King joins collaborators and family in new interviews, while rare home movies, performances and photos complete the tapestry.

This Bluegrass Underground Special guest artists include Vince Gill, Widespread Panic, Lucinda Williams, Johnnyswim, Lee Ann Womack, Andrew Bird, Old Crow Medicine Show, Jason Isbell, Mike Farris & The McCrary Sisters, Davina & The Vagabonds and more at 10 pm on Friday.

On Saturday at 7 pm, enjoy the 2015 Austin City Limits Hall of Fame Special, as Loretta Lynn, Asleep at the Wheel, Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt and Flaco Jimenez are honored by Lyle Lovett, Dwight Yoakam, Vince Gill, Gillian Welch, Jason Isbell and more.

Arts In Context Shorts: 6 Pianos

Nathan Felix made his mark in the Austin music scene by composing classical-style music and putting on a show in his North Austin home. But his long term goal is something much bigger.

The idea of Felix’s at home show, Classical Music Kegger, came to him when he saw an opera performance in a train station when he lived in Los Angeles. Felix decided to compose a show with only pianos. Despite the fact that he had never composed a piano piece, nor did he know how to play piano, when Felix returned to his hometown of Austin, he somehow snagged six free pianos off of Craigslist and got to work.

However, Felix wants to give his community more than just the music itself. That’s why he donated the pianos to the youth.

“Part of my way of giving back is donating the pianos to some of the schools or community centers,” Felix said.”I want to start grooming and growing the next crop of young, talented kids.”

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Emperor Science Award Winner Mathilda Nicot-Cartsonis from Austin

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KLRU is thrilled to announce that Mathilda Nicot-Cartsonis, a LASA High School (Austin ISD) junior, has been named a winner of the national Emperor Science Award, a joint initiative by Stand Up to Cancer and PBS LearningMedia.

In addition to receiving a cash award and a Dell Chromebook, Nicot-Cartsonis will be working this summer with Dr. Jenny Chang, Director of the Methodist Hospital Cancer Center in Houston, TX.  Chang’s primary work investigates how to target then eradicate chemotherapy-resistant, tumor-initiating cells.

Nicot-Cartsonis, a self-professed fanatic of viruses since the age of 11, has an additional motivation for this quest. Her longtime ballet instructor and mentor, Alexandra Nadal, a co-founder of the Slavin Nadal School of Ballet and 2009 inductee into the Austin Arts Hall of Fame, died in 2015 of a type of cancer being researched by Dr. Chang. Nicot-Cartsonis plans to keep her dual scientist/dancer roles in her university studies.

The Emperor Science Award contest received almost 1,200 applications from 10th and 11th grade students from 40 states. Nicot-Cartsonis is one of 100 inaugural winners.

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Save the Date: Amplify Austin March 8-9!

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Interested in becoming a fundraiser? Learn more about how to help KLRU Amplify ATX!

Amplify Austin is just around the corner, March 8-9, and your support is vital for KLRU to be able to engage with and share our impact with the Central Texas community while raising $40,000 in just 24 hours. Your voice as one of our dedicated members is needed and I am asking for your help!

Consider becoming a personal fundraiser during Amplify Austin. It’s really easy… all it takes is just a little bit of time and your enthusiasm for KLRU and your favorite PBS programs! So, you may be asking yourself: What’s in it for me and why should I help fundraise for KLRU and Amplify Austin?! Well, for one, engaging your friends and family during Amplify helps raise awareness of the impact that KLRU serves right here in Central Texas through quality public television and vital community services. We also have some pretty sweet prizes to offer our fundraisers…

– UT Press Book / first 4 to receive 5 donations

– Clay Pit Gift Certificate / first 2 to raise $200

– (2) ACL Taping Passes / first 2 to receive 10 donations

– (2) Hall of Fame Passes / first 2 to raise $350

– (1) ACL Weekend Pass / first to receive 20 donations

You can win multiple times! Sign-up is easy, plus we created a toolkit to guide you through the personal fundraising process, just sign-up to receive! Here’s how to get started:

  1. Go to KLRU’s Amplify page — AmplifyATX.org/klru
  1. Once on our page, click “Create a Fundraising Campaign” button on the right hand side, adjacent to scrolling photos.
  1. Create a donor/fundraiser account for ease of tracking your donations and managing your fundraising pages. Please provide name, email, and password in order to submit information.
  1. Then click the tab “My Fundraisers” upon entering newly created account. From this tab, click ”Create a Fundraiser” to start campaign profile.
  1. Upload all information needed for a complete Fundraiser Profile. Once all information is uploaded, click “Submit Fundraiser for Approval.”
  1. Profile(s) must be approved by KLRU for it to be active and public facing and ready-to-share.
  1. Allie Kandell will approve as they come in, you can always email her directly to expedite the approval! akandell@klru.org
  1. Fundraising Page Fun Facts:
  • Fundraisers receive a confirmation email when a gift has been made during the giving day on their fundraising page. The donor to their page receives a tax receipt when their gift has been processed.
  • Fundraisers also have backend access to basic donor information on donors that have contributed on their page. This is important for personal thank you notes and tracking. KLRU also has access to all of that donation information and donor data as it relates to individual fundraiser pages.
  • Fundraisers’ goal thermometer WILL move once pledges have been made! So get them scheduled so that you are in the lead on the first day.

Your voice truly matters, thank you for your continued support!

Highlights Feb. 7-13

KLRU Highlights

Thomas makes Andy a generous offer on Downton Abbey Season 6 on Masterpiece Episode 5 at 7 p.m. Sunday. Spratt rescues Denker. A powerful politician comes to dinner. Robert upsets the family. Mary gets suspicious.

The hospital war reaches a climax andViolet goes on the warpath on Downton Abbey Season 6 on Masterpiece Episode 6 at 8 pm Sunday. Daisy tries to foil a romance. Prospects are looking up for Mary and Edith.

During a Union ball at their house, the Green girls and Frank initiate a daring plan to help him escape on Mercy Street at 9 pm Sunday.

Explore the rise of Misty Copeland, who made history as the first African-American female principal dancer with the prestigious American Ballet Theater on Independent Lens “A Ballerina’s Tale” at 9 pm Monday.

Uncover a long history of military service in the families of Patricia Arquette, Julianne Moore and John McCain, and how this has instilled in each of them an enduring spirit of strength and integrity on Finding Your Roots at 7 pm Tuesday.

Re-examine the shocking story of Leopold and Loeb, two wealthy college students who murdered a 14-year-old boy in 1924 to prove they were smart enough to get away with it on Perfect Crime: American Experience at 8 pm Tuesday.

See an investigation with the New York Times into fantasy sports and online sports betting on Frontline at 9 pm Tuesday.

Get the results of the New Hampshire Primary on a PBS Newshour Special Report at  10 pm Tuesday.

Celebrate the anniversary of Arlo Guthrie’s iconic song on Alice’s Restaurant 50th Anniversary Concert at 9 pm Wednesday.

Robert Reich, a leading expert on work and the economy, talks politics on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.

Chet goes fishing on Lake Fork, one of the most-famous big bass lakes in Texas on his trip to Sulphur Springs on The Daytripper at 7:30 pm Thursday.

Live from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, PBS Newshour co-anchors and managing editors Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff will moderate the DNC-sanctioned debate on Thursday at 8 pm.

Explore B.B. King’s challenging life and career at 8 pm Thursday through candid interviews with the “King of the Blues,” filmed shortly before his death, and fellow music stars, including Bono, Bonnie Raitt, Carlos Santana, Eric Clapton, John Mayer, and Ringo Starr.

See how to make lots of hummingbird friends and visit a tiny garden that wildlife call home on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

The Grammy Award-winning group featuring Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks and an ensemble of musicians showcases their latest record, Let Me Get By, on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.

Science Night 2/10

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We’ve got a lot in store for Science Night this week! At 7, you’ll get an up close and personal look at the relationship between a mother and calf moose in the calf’s first year of life. Following that at 8, learn about how researchers are using mind control implants.

Nature Moose: Life Of A Twig Eater at 7 p.m.

Populations of moose across many parts of North America are in steep decline and scientists believe one of the reasons is that fewer moose calves are surviving their first year. This stunningly intimate nature documentary, filmed over 13 months in the spectacular wilds of Jasper National Park, takes viewers deep inside the world of moose to experience a mother’s love and a calf’s first year of life up close and personal.

 

NOVA Memory Hackers at 8 p.m.

Discover how researchers on the cutting edge of mind-control can implant, change and even erase memories. On this thought-provoking journey into the mind, NOVA investigates the mysterious nature of how we remember.