Highlights May 28-June 3

KLRU Highlights

Join co-hosts Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna for the 28th broadcast of this night of remembrance honoring the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform, their families at home and all those who have given their lives for our country on National Memorial Day Concert at  7 pm and 9 pm Sunday.

PBS Previews: The Vietnam War at 8:30 pm Sunday takes a look at creation of the upcoming series from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick: THE VIETNAM WAR.

Canine Soldiers at 10:30 pm Sunday and 10 pm Monday explores the intimate bond between Military Working Dogs and their handlers-combat soldiers who make life-and-death decisions based on the instincts and behavior of the dogs who lead their patrols.

A combat veteran starts a farm to help cultivate a healthier life outside the Army on Independent Lens Farmer / Veteran at 9 pm Monday. While the sense of duty he once felt as a soldier returns, his crippling PTSD remains as he and his wife nervously anticipate the birth of their first child.

Observe the social changes the slum dwellers face as they move into the 20th century on Victoria Slum House Tuesday at 7 pm.

Discover how America’s diverse cultures contribute to its musical styles: from the Hopi tribe to Hawaii’s Joseph Kekuku to Mexican-American Lydia Mendoza and the Cajun Breaux Family on American Epic at 8 pm Tuesday.

Frontline at 9 pm Tuesday follows renowned New Yorker writer and Boston surgeon Atul Gawande as he explores the relationships doctors have with patients who are nearing the end of life.

Joe Hutto has dedicated seven years of his life to becoming a wild mule deer. Ordinarily, the deer herd would run from any human, but these keenly intelligent animals come to regard this stranger as one of their own on Nature Touching the Wild at 7 pm Wednesday.

The water contamination crisis in Flint, MI, has revealed a disturbing truth about the vulnerabilities of our aging drinking water infrastructure on Nova at 8 pm Wednesday.

Travel the world with Michael Mosley and James Wong to learn how the hidden chemistry in every mouthful of food keeps our bodies fit and healthy on Food – Delicious Science at 9 pm Wednesday.

Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday features Dean Baquet, executive editor of the New York Times.

In 2011, Wanda Montemayor and a team including teachers, art therapists and students from all over Austin completed a hand made 1200 square foot mosaic mural at historic Deep Eddy pool. Learn about this community project on Mosaic: The Deep Eddy Mural Project at 7:30 pm Thursday.

Chet visits Glen Rose and San Saba on The Daytripper at 8 and 8:30 pm.

When a family glassware business collapses following the death of one of its partners, Barnaby investigates allegations of financial irregularities, love triangles and a string of murders on Midsomer Murders at 9 pm Thursday.

Join host Rashida Jones to honor the most powerful, enlightening and invigorating stories in television, radio and digital media on the 76th Annual Peabody Awards at 8 pm Friday.

On its 50th anniversary, Sgt. Pepper’s Musical Revolution at 7 pm Saturday takes a look back at the creation and ongoing influence of the classic album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, released by The Beatles in 1967.

British drama night on features Father Brown, Doctor Blake, Place to Call Home and Midsomer Murders back-to-back starting at 8 pm

Science Night 5/31

This week Science Night focuses the lives of mule deer, drinking water and how our bodies process food.

Joe Hutto has dedicated seven years of his life to becoming a wild mule deer. Ordinarily, the deer herd would run from any human, but these keenly intelligent animals come to regard this stranger as one of their own on Nature Touching the Wild at 7 pm Wednesday.

The water contamination crisis in Flint, MI, has revealed a disturbing truth about the vulnerabilities of our aging drinking water infrastructure on Nova at 8 pm Wednesday.

Travel the world with Michael Mosley and James Wong to learn how the hidden chemistry in every mouthful of food keeps our bodies fit and healthy on Food – Delicious Science at 9 pm Wednesday.

Highlights May 21-27

KLRU Highlights

An unexpected turn of events leads to a hastily arranged wedding on Call the Midwife at 7 pm Sunday.

Joanne Froggatt, who stole the hearts of millions of viewers as Anna on “Downton Abbey,” stars in a totally different role in this spine-tingling drama – the notorious Victorian poisoner Mary Ann Cotton, Britain’s first female serial killer on Dark Angel on Masterpiece at 8 pm Sunday.

They Call Us Monsters on Independent Lens Monday at 9 pm takes viewers behind the walls of the Compound, the facility where Los Angeles houses its most violent juvenile criminals. To their advocates, they’re kids. To the system, they’re adults. To their victims, they’re monsters.

Visions in the Dark: The Life of Pinky Thompson at 10:30 pm Monday is a Hawaiian story of pain and promise, of challenge and triumph and a story of leadership.

Enter the 1890s, when mass manufacturing and social reform offer a bit of hope for some of the residents, while others are plagued by a water shortage that dashes hopes for a promising laundry business Victorian Slum House at 7 pm Tuesday.

Travel to the rural South as Elder Burch, Charley Patton and others record early Delta blues, gospel and protest songs on American Epic Blood And Soil at 8 pm Tuesday.

The power struggles and competing visions of President Trump’s inner circle on Frontline at 9 pm Tuesday.

When your physical health suffers your mental state may too on Stories of the Mind at 10 pm Tuesday.

Nature The Gathering Swarms at 7 pm Wednesday looks at some of the most extraordinary swarms on the planet, including a view from inside a locust swarm, mayflies along the Mississippi, 17-year cicadas, and brine fly hatches over Lake Victoria.

A meteor burst into a fireball over Siberia. Can scientists spot the next deadly asteroid in time on Nova Meteor Strike at 8 pm Wednesday.

Travel the world with Michael Mosley and James Wong to learn about the science that makes our food taste delicious and the powerful effect it has on our tongue and nose on Food A Matter Of Taste at 9 pm Wednesday.

Matt Lewis is a senior columnist at The Daily Beast and a CNN political commentator on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday. Lewis has written for GQ, The Washington Post, Politico and many more. Previously, Lewis worked as a senior contributor for The Daily Caller and a columnist for AOL’s Politics Daily. He has been named one of the “50 Best Conservative Columnists” by RightWingNews for the past four years.

Canine Soldiers at 7:30 pm Thursday explores the intimate bond between Military Working Dogs and their handlers-combat soldiers who make life-and-death decisions based on the instincts and behavior of the dogs who lead their patrols.

Chet heads to the Texas border to sample the Tex Mex culture in Laredo on The Daytripper at 8:30 pm Thursday.

A mischievous trickster finally gets his comeuppance when his body is found floating below the weir in Midsomers Deverell on Midsummer Murders at 9 pm Thursday.

Discover the story of Chef Jacques Pepin, a young immigrant with movie-star looks and a charming Gallic accent, who elevated essential kitchen techniques to an art form to become one of America’s most beloved food icons on American Masters at 8 pm Friday.

Alice Waters, once a Berkeley hippie, rocked the international world o f food in the late 1970s by preparing a simple lunch for an elite culinary gathering accustomed to complicated dishes on American Masters at 9 pm Friday.

 

Science Night 5/24

Nature The Gathering Swarms at 7 pm Wednesday looks at some of the most extraordinary swarms on the planet, including a view from inside a locust swarm, mayflies along the Mississippi, 17-year cicadas, and brine fly hatches over Lake Victoria.

A meteor burst into a fireball over Siberia. Can scientists spot the next deadly asteroid in time on Nova Meteor Strike at 8 pm Wednesday.

Travel the world with Michael Mosley and James Wong to learn about the science that makes our food taste delicious and the powerful effect it has on our tongue and nose on Food A Matter Of Taste at 9 pm Wednesday.

In the Studio: Overheard tapes Gary Kelly 5/19

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Gary Kelly on May 19 at 1:15 p.m. in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 12:15 p.m. The event is free but an RSVP is required. Please complete the form here to RSVP.

Gary Kelly

Gary Kelly serves as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Southwest Airlines. In Kelly’s 30 years at Southwest he has worked as a controller, Chief Financial Officer, VP of Finance, Executive VP and CFO before being promoted to CEO in 2004. In 2017 Kelly was recognized as one of the top five underrated CEOs by Fortune magazine.

Friday, May 19 at 1:15 p.m.
KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
Doors at 12:15 p.m.
RSVP
Entrance is based upon capacity.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith concludes 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 Gary Kelly. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at klru.org/overheard.

Please note, The University of Texas will be holding graduation ceremonies on 5/19, so traffic and parking may be more difficult than usual. Please plan to arrive early or use an alternate form of transportation. Thanks for your cooperation!

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Explore the arts at the West Austin Studio Tour 5/13-14 & 5/20-21

KLRU is proud to be a sponsor of this year’s West Austin Studio Tour! The event is free and open on May 13-14 & 20-21 from 11am-6pm. Big Medium’s WEST is a free, annual, self-guided art event spanning two weekends in May. WEST provides opportunities for the public to meet the artists and artisans of Austin in their creative spaces.

The 2017 tour includes 331 participants: 172 Artist Studios, 45 Galleries, 92 Temporary Exhibitions, 11 Happenings, 6 Libraries, and 5 Schools. There are several special events including a community breakfast, group exhibition themed tours for families and more! Get more details at west.bigmedium.org

2017 Writers Contest winners announced

Today, KLRU announced the local winners of the 2017 PBS KIDS Writers Contest. Over 300 creative entries were received from local children and 13 winners were chosen for first place, second place, third place and honorable mention recognition:

1st Place: Kindergarten—Addison Rogers, homeschooled in Paige, TX; First Grade—Harry Flynn, Pond Springs Elementary (Round Rock ISD); Second Grade—Surya Arunkumar, Patsy Sommer Elementary (Round Rock ISD); Third Grade—Anna James, Riojas Elementary (Pflugerville ISD)

2nd Place: Kindergarten—Maxwell Hausken, Reilly Elementary (Austin ISD); First Grade—Avanish Ram Vetsa, Laurel Mountain Elementary (Round Rock ISD); Second Grade—Genevieve Hernandez, Santa Cruz Catholic School (Buda, TX); Third Grade—Kinsley Cronin-West, Laurel Mountain Elementary (Round Rock ISD)

3rd Place: Kindergarten—Sunny Paulsen, TH Johnson Elementary (Taylor ISD); First Grade—Atlie May, homeschooled in Kyle, TX and Colin D’Eimon, Neidig Elementary (Elgin ISD); Second Grade—Tanya Ram, St. Francis School (Austin, TX); Third Grade—Julia Tese, Chaparral Star Academy (Austin, TX).

Honorable Mention: Elijah Moore, Pflugerville, TX

“Every year KLRU is a proud participant in the PBS KIDS Writers Contest because it underscores our commitment to the success of Central Texas children,” said Ben Kramer, KLRU VP of Education. “The process of creative writing has been proven to not only support the building of key academic skills but to help improve a child’s self confidence, creativity and imagination. KLRU wishes the winners congratulations, and celebrates all of the talented Central Texas children who entered this year’s contest. While KLRU celebrates the success of the most winning entries at each grade level, we also wish to celebrate the creation of a community of writers, and extend the publication to all children who submit an entry by publishing them on our website at klru.org/writerscontest.”

The annual PBS KIDS Writers Contest is a local initiative designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on, active learning. The contest encourages children in grades K-3 to celebrate creativity by submitting their own original stories and illustrations. The 2018 KLRU Writers Contest will also include 4th and 5th grades!

To learn more about the contest, visit klru.org/writerscontest.

The Talk on 5/12 and 5/14

Generations of black parents have had The Talk with their children about how to survive interactions with police. Earlier this year, The Austin American Statesman and KLRU-TV hosted a community discussion on the issue and on how our community can work toward positive solutions for change. The taped version of this discussion, ATX Together: The Talk, will be broadcast on KLRU Friday, May 12th, at 9:30 pm. Moderated by KLRU’s Judy Maggio and the Statesman’s Alberta Phillips the discussion features police officers, Austin city officials, and members of the community sharing their perspectives and potential solutions. Immediately before the local conversation, take a look at the national perspective on The Talk: Race in America starting at 7 pm Friday, May 12th. The two shows will also air on Sunday, May 14th, starting at 3 pm.

In the Studio: Overheard tapes Julián Castro 5/24 & David Brown 6/10

Overheard taping announcement

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith in co-presentation with The Texas Tribune for two exciting interviews in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). The events are free but an RSVP for each taping is required. Please complete the RSVPs below. Entrance is based upon capacity.

Julián CastroWednesday, May 24 at 2:15 p.m.
Doors at 1:30 p.m.
RSVP here
Julián Castro served as the 16th United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President Barack Obama from 2014 to 2017. Before moving to Washington, Castro served as Mayor of San Antonio from 2009 to 2014. He currently lives in San Antonio with his family.

 

 

 

Chief David Brown 2Saturday, June 10 at 10:15 a.m.
Doors at 9:45 a.m.
RSVP here 

David Brown is a thirty-three-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department, from which he retired as chief in October 2016. Now a correspondent for ABC News, he is also an adviser for Texas organizations focused on positively influencing early childhood education efforts, mental health awareness and treatment and assistance for formerly incarcerated persons. His first book titled Called to Rise hits shelves this June.

KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
Entrance is based upon capacity.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith wraps up 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 for tapings with Julián Castro and David Brown. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at klru.org/overheard.

These Overheard tapings are co-presented with The Texas Tribune, a nonpartisan, nonprofit media organization that informs Texans about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. Learn more at texastribune.org.

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Science in movies, Grace & Frankie, Show Boat, Roberta Flack and More on Q Night at the Movies 5/6

KLRU Q - Night at the Movies

7 pm: Science Goes To The Movies
Movie Producer, Lynda Obst, talks about the importance of using real science in her movies, which include “Contact” and “Interstellar.” Not only has science influenced cinema but movies have reciprocated its influence on science as well.

7:30 pm: On Story A Conversation With Marta Kauffman
Marta Kauffman and Season 3 of Grace & Frankie (Netflix May 2017).

8 pm: Show Boat
The captain’s daughter (Kathryn Grayson) marries a gambler (Howard Keel) who turns performer on a Mississippi riverboat.

9:50 pm: Variety Studio: Actors On Actors
Viola Davis (Fences) and Tom Hanks (Sully); Emma Stone (La La Land) and Molly Shannon (Other People); Nicole Kidman (Lion) and Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea); Matthew McConaughey (Gold) and Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water).

10:50 pm: Roberta Flack – Killing Me Softly
In the 1970s Roberta Flack became a global sensation with hits such as The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, Feel Like Making Love and Killing Me Softly. Her style of soulful pop transcended the US East Coast jazz clubs to become the dinner party sound track for Middle America. But behind this seemingly effortless career rise lies a much deeper, more substantial journey.