Highlights May 22-28

KLRU Highlights

Nonnatus House tries to cope with a tragedy and there’s joy all around at a wedding reception on Call the Midwife at 7 pm Sunday.

With his memory failing, Wallander draws on primal instincts to crack a decades-old submarine mystery on Wallander on Masterpiece at 8 pm Sunday.

POV The Return at 9 pm Monday explores the ramifications when California amended its “Three Strikes” law, shortening the sentences of thousands of “lifers.”

Allison Orr finds the poetry of motion in unusual places and uses non-traditional choreography to celebrate everyday life. For nearly two years Orr has been shadowing and observing technicians, linemen and machines at a power company on Arts In Context Power Up at 10:30 pm Monday.

Follow genealogists as they trace stories about Pocahontas, a Cuban grandfather’s secret past, the impact of WWII on a Filipino family on Genealogy Roadshow at 7 pm Tuesday.

Join Stephen Hawking on Genius at 8 pm Wednesday as he sets three ordinary people a truly mind-bending challenge: Can they work out why they exist at all?

Margaret Atwood, award-­winning author of more than 40 volumes of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and nonfiction, talks about storytelling on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.

Sleep deprivation affects everything, from memory to mood to decision making.

In our 36hour No Sleep Challenge, researchers track 4 participants to see just how vital sleep is to your mental health on Stories of the Mind at 7:30 pm Thursday.

Chet heads to the panhandle where he finds Caprock Canyon State Park which is full of beautiful views, horseback riding, and the Official State Bison Herd of Texas on The Daytripper at 8:30 pm Thursday.

Discover the story behind the pioneering outlaw country music supergroup that featured Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson on The Highwaymen: American Masters at 8 pm Friday.

Enjoy an all-star tribute to singer and songwriter Willie Nelson, the 2015 recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song Friday at 9 pm.

Style up with indoor succulents as living decor and meet Army base families uniting around gardens on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Revel in the best performances from the 2015 Americana Music Association Honors & Awards ceremony at 7pm Saturday.

Highlights May 15-21

KLRU Highlights

Witness Dr. Turner’s excitement about the contraceptive pill, Patsy’s struggles to help a transient woman determined to avoid the maternity home on Call the Midwife at 7 pm Sunday.

A knife-slashed corpse takes Wallander on a chase for the victim’s missing daughter. Increasingly forgetful, he breaks a cardinal rule of policing on Wallander at 8 pm Sunday.

Josie takes on a new role and Whiteleys’ troubles lead Jimmy and Mr. Crabb to take a big risk on Mr Selfridge at 9:30 pm Sunday.

Meet street recyclers who fight to survive in one of the poorest neighborhoods of Oakland, California on Independent Lens at 9 pm Monday.

‘The World Before Her’ is a tale of two Indias: In one, a small-town girl competes in the Miss India pageant. In the other, a militant woman leads a fundamentalist Hindu camp for girls. Watch on POV Monday at 10 pm.

Trace a woman’s connection to a Native-American code talker and more on Genealogy Roadshow in Albuquerque Tuesday at 7 pm.

Join renowned scientist Stephen Hawking as he challenges three ordinary people to think like a genius. Back-to-back episodes of Genius By Stephen Hawking air at 7 pm and 8 pm Wednesday.

Kara Swisher, Executive Editor of Re/code, Host of the Re/code Decode podcast, talks about technology on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.

Highly personal stories exploring suicide, from a family recovering from a son’s suicide, to five women who choose to live on Stories of the Mind at 7:30 pm Thursday. Then at 8 pm, three people in different times of their lives use different tactics to manage their anxiety, the most common type of mental health disorder for Americans.

The best of Austin and British Invasion musicians perform in celebration of the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians on All ATX: British Invasion at 8 pm Friday. Performances include Eric Burdon & The Animals, The Zombies, Alejandro Escovedo, Ian McLagan, Ruthie Foster, Shinyribs, Van Wilks, Malford Milligan, Guy Forsyth, Monte Montgomery, Shawn Sahm, Erin Ivey, Hector Ward, and the All ATX band.

The best of Austin and Texas musicians perform classic psychedelic songs on All ATX: Austin Gets Psychedelic at 9 pm Friday. Featuring Bubble Puppy, The Black Angels, Hayes Carll, Patrice Pike, Ian Moore, David Grissom, Gina Chavez, Max Frost, Israel Nash, The Bright Light Social Hour and more.

Refresh yourself and wildlife with water designs from ponds and fountains, even in small spaces on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

 

KLRU Kids Writers Contest winners named

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Congratulations to our Writers Contest winners! We received more than 200 entries this year from schools across Central Texas. You can read all the stories on our Writers Contest page!

KINDERGARTEN: [23 entries]
1st place – Colin D’Eimon
Neidig Elementary
Elgin ISD
Pets Go To School

2nd place – MaryElizabeth Robson
Homeschooled: Robson Primary School
Pflugerville, TX
A Friendship Story

3rd place – Amadeus Kwan
First Foundations Pre-School
Austin, TX
The Missing Sun

1st GRADE: [73 entries]
1st place – Kayla Rogers
Homeschooled
Paige, TX (Bastrop County)
I Love Dreaming

2nd place – Chloe Clark
Blanco Elementary
Blanco ISD
Sugar So Sweet

3rd place – Emma Glynn
Neidig Elementary
Elgin ISD
The Awesome Robot

2nd GRADE: [64 entries]
1st place – Nicole Williams
Naumann Elementary
Leander ISD
The Case of the Poetic Letter

2nd place – Shone Abhay Sarode
Patton Elementary
Austin ISD
The Mystery of the Museum

3rd place – Soha Dalal
Elm Grove Elementary
Hays Consolidated ISD
The Baseball Game That Saved Earth

3rd GRADE: [51 entries]
1st place – Branna May
Homeschooled
Kyle, TX
Sam and the Burglar

2nd place – Carson Collins
Homeschooled
Austin, TX
A Brave Little Ant Who Found His Way Home

3rd place – Michelle Huang
Laural Mountain Elementary
Round Rock ISD
Innocent or Guilty?

 

 

Arts In Context Shorts: Cinematic Symphony

trumpets, trombone and tubas during Cinematic Symphony rehearsalFor over eleven years, Cinematic Symphony has shared its love for the music of film, television and video games with the Austin community. With two concerts per year, this ensemble comprised of local musicians is dedicated to promoting musical education in the form of entertainment. Visual displays and popular music of our time provide an enriching opportunity and introduction to classical music.

Cinematic Symphony has a concert on May 14th. Get more details

In the Studio: Bryan Cranston tapes Overheard 5/11

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This event is now at capacity. We are no longer taking RSVPS.

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Bryan Cranston on May 11 at 3:15pm in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 2:45pm. The event is free but an RSVP is required. This event is now at capacity. We are no longer taking RSVPS.

Bryan Cranston is a highly acclaimed actor best known for playing Walter White on AMC’s Breaking Bad. He won back-to-back Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for that role. Before winning he’d been nominated for three Emmys and two Golden Globes. Recent film credits include Trumbo, Argo, and the new HBO film All the Way, in which he plays President Lyndon Johnson. Cranston played Johnson in All the Way on Broadway. He earned a Tony Award for that role.

Wednesday, May 11 at 3:15pm
KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
Doors at 2:45pm

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

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.

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!

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?

Cine Las Americas Film Festival 5/4-5/8

The 19th Annual Cine Las Americas International Film Festival is scheduled for May 4 – 8, 2016. The festival showcases contemporary films and videos from Latin America (North, Central, South America, and the Caribbean) and the Iberian Peninsula. Films and videos made by or about Latinos in the U.S. or the rest of the world, as well as films and videos by or about indigenous groups of the Americas are also invited to participate. Get the complete list of films.

Films will be presented at partnership venues The Marchesa Hall & Theatre, The Salvage Vanguard Theater, and The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center. The festival once again will offer narrative and documentary feature and short films and videos, as well as experimental, animation, and music video selections, in competitive and non-competitive sections.

Badges for the entire festival and individual screening tickets are available for purchase. Get more details. All screenings presented at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (MACC) are free and open to the public.

Highlights April 24-30

KLRU Highlights

See how Sister Julienne’s faith is tested by and how a teenage pregnancy poses a problem for a young man on Call the Midwife at 7 pm Sunday.

The case of a suspicious death takes a surprising turn on Grantchester at 8 pm Sunday.

Jimmy comes up with a plan to save Harry’s bacon on Mr. Selfridge at 9 pm Sunday.

National Parks: America’s Best Idea
 Monday to Saturday at 8 pm. works its way chronologically through the history of the national parks featuring characters — some famous, most not, from every walk of life — who dedicated their lives to insuring all could enjoy these places. The film explores how the national park system came to be and examines some— but not all — of how these majestic places came to be national parks.

The National Parks of Texas: In Contact With Beauty at 7 pm Tuesday shares how these parks were created and reveals the secrets they hold. Travel with us on a trip around the state and across time to experience the past, present and future of the national parks of Texas.

Anthony Foxx, 17th U.S. Secretary of Transportation, is the featured guest on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.

Songwriting With: Soldiers offers intensely immersive retreats to military veterans and active duty soldiers where they write songs about their experiences with the help of professional songwriters on Arts In Context at 7:30 pm Thursday.

Celebrate Wildflower Week to spare water and nurture us and wildlife, even in a side yard meadow on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday showcases new acoustic music with Sarah Jarosz and The Milk Carton Kids.