Civic Summit: Student & Teacher Townhall 1/13

Civic Summit Taping Announcement

Join KLRU on January 13, 2015 for a townhall with Dr. Paul Cruz, the sole finalist for AISD Superintendent.

DATE: January 13th
TIME: 7 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)
LOCATION: KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
RSVP: This event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP now

Austin ISD Interim Superintendent, Dr. Paul Cruz, is set to become the permanent superintendent of our region’s largest school district. Before the school board votes to confirm him, Civic Summit invites students, teachers, and you to ask him questions in a discussion moderated by Judy Maggio and PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs All-Star Kennedy Huff.

This townhall will be taped to air on January 22nd at 9 pm on KLRU.

This production is part of KLRU’s American Graduate initiative. As an American Graduate Station, KLRU is seeking a clearer understanding of the nature and impact of the dropout problem in our region, and is partnering with organizations working to increase graduation rates. You can find more information about the initiative by visiting: www.klru.org/americangraduate.

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Highlights January 4-10

KLRU Highlights

On the Great British Baking Show Sunday at 7 pm the contestants try to make the best biscuits in order to continue in the competition.

Season 5 of Downton Abbey begins Sunday at 8 pm as the Crawley family and the staff struggling with responsibilities and choices as they adjust to life in the Roaring Twenties.

Alastair Bruce, historical advisor to Downton Abbey,  reveals the secrets of how the aristocratic set dined and dressed, how they married and made money on Manners of Downton Abbey at 9:15 pm Sunday.

Our Time Is Now at 9 pm Monday follows six New Mexico teenagers as they strive to finish high school, wrestle with personal challenges, and pursue their dreams. This program is part of KLRU’s American Graduate initiative.

Follow three boys as they navigate the often-treacherous road between childhood and adolescence in an economically depressed Missouri town on Independent Lens Rich Hill Monday at 10 pm. Despite the isolation and deprivation, they long for the American Dream.

Award-winning author Charlotte Gray and historians Terrence Cole and Michael Gates bring new insights and perspective to the Alaska gold rush of the 1890s on Klondike Gold Rush Tuesday at 7 pm.

Robert Ripley’s obsession with the odd made him one of the richest men in America. Ripley Believe It Or Not on American Experience at 8 pm Tuesday profiles the eccentric, globetrotting playboy who became an unlikely national celebrity.

With first-hand accounts of school killings in Newtown and Columbine, and the shooting of Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, Frontline Gunned Down Tuesday at 9 pm examines why despite the national trauma over gun violence Washington hasn’t acted.

Breathtaking photography reveals wolves, wild boar and even bears living among France’s many mountains, valleys and forests on Nature Wild France at 7pm Wednesday.

Meet a new breed of flying robots, from tiny swarming vehicles to giant unmanned planes on Nova Rise of the Drones at 8 pm Wednesday.

Austin City Limits Wednesday at 10 pm and Friday at 9:30 pm showcases modern Americana with the Avett Brothers and Nickel Creek.

Novelist James Ellroy talks about his career writing noir-style crime fiction on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.

Arts In Context at 7:30 pm Thursday profiles Les Rav, the classically-influenced experimental folk band, born from the intense personal hardship of songwriter Lauren Bruno.

Chet heads to Abilene to explore the history of the wild Texas frontier on The Daytripper at 8 pm. Then at 9 pm, he goes to the State Fair of Texas.

Conceived and hosted by renowned American singer Renee Fleming, Great Performances American Voices Friday at 8 pm is the groundbreaking festival of performances, master sessions and symposia.

Mosaic: The Deep Eddy Mural Project at 10:30 pm Friday tells the story behind Austin’s iconic mural.

America’s Test Kitchen Christopher Kimball takes us behind the scenes to connect kitchen-to-garden philosophy on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. On tour, a new gardener feeds her family of seven from organic pickings all year long.

Austin’s best alternative rock shines with Spoon and White Denim on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.

 

Science Night Jan. 7

Science Night for January 7th features a trip to France, a look at drones and a look at one of Hitler’s most dangerous weapons.

Nature Wild France at 7pm Wednesday
For most, a trip to France includes fine food, local wines, beautiful cities and celebrated culture of all kinds. This is a trip of a different sort altogether, featuring the unexpected flora and fauna of the country, both great and small. Journeying from the Pyrenees to the Alps, all around the mainland and farther on to Corsica, it is the story of the wild side of France. Breathtaking photography reveals wolves, wild boar and even bears living among France’s many mountains, valleys and forests.

Nova Rise of the Drones at 8 pm Wednesday
Meet a new breed of flying robots, from tiny swarming vehicles to giant unmanned planes.

Nazi Mega Weapons V1: Hitler’s Vengeance Missile  at 8 pm Wednesday
In retaliation for devastating Allied bombing raids on German cities, Hitler orders the development of a groundbreaking weapon. This is the story of one of the most ambitious projects of the Third Reich: Hitler’s Vengeance weapon, the V1. Though it was ready too late to make a difference to the outcome of the war, its legacy is the cruise missile – a weapon that changed the face of war forever.

Q Night at the Movies Jan. 3

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It’s a night of comedy and news on Q Night at the Movies January 3rd with the featured film Network!

On Story The Evolution of Funny at 7:30 pm
Larry Wilmore, the Senior Black Correspondent on The Daily Show and creator of The Bernie Mac Show reflects upon different forms of comedy, his own comic influences, and always looking to maximize comedic potential. Followed by two short films about courage and endurance: Chris Bourke and Kevin Harger’s LOVE, EMILY, and Andrea Gomez’s 036.

Feature film Network at 8 pm
A TV executive (Faye Dunaway) boosts her ratings with a mad anchorman (Peter Finch) who thinks he speaks for God.

Further explore the topics brought up in Network with the documentary Running on Empty: The Brain Drain in Local TV immediately after the movie. Journalism is losing experienced reporters at a record rate. This means less in-depth and investigative reporting that help keep you informed. This documentary introduces you to some seasoned reporters who were at the top of their game. They share their frustrations and challenges as they move on with their lives.

KLRU Q is broadcast channel 18.3. It is also available to digital cable subscribers of Grande on 284 and Time Warner on 20.

KLRU Q New Years Eve with Hardly Sound

KLRU Q celebrates the end of 2014 and the start of 2015 with Hardly Sound! Hardly Sound is a documentary series focused on Texas underground music and artists. The series features music but goes beyond the recording studio to tell the story of the band members with insight into the creative process.

Philippe Edison at 11 pm
Love, space travel, modesty and musical philosophy are all topics that Houston, Texas fusion artist Philippe Edison discusses in detail on the first episode of Season 3 of Hardly Sound. Edison’s anachronistic approach to his craft and to life in general make for some intriguing revelations and more importantly give a window to the creative development of his genre bending music.

Cross Record at 11:30 pm
Dan and Emily are natural people, ‘laid back’ if you will. Music for them is a tool for communication, not just between each other but with the world around them. The two have dreams to grow their own vegetables, have their own livestock, and simply live within the environment they exchange with.

Jazz Mills at midnight
An artist who is not only a performer but also a producer and mother. She sees a need for her art to be mutually beneficial and is content being part of the creative process whether she is in the spotlight or not.

Arts In Context Shorts: Light Night

This week Arts In Context Shorts explores the beauty of Waller Creek. On November 13, 2014, a small stretch of Waller Creek in downtown Austin, Texas was lit up with modern light installations created by five local architects and landscape designers.  These light pieces were designed to showcase the space’s potential, since soon a series of parks and connected trails will be developed in the location. Organized by the Waller Creek Conservancy and featuring live local music, the event drew strolling crowds to the walkways and various creekside businesses.

Community Cinema: A Path Appears 1/6

Join KLRU and the Austin Public Library for a screening and discussion of A Path Appears on Tuesday, January 6th, at Windsor Park Branch Library (5833 Westminster Dr.). The free event is open to the public and takes place from 7 pm to 9 pm.

Jan 6: A Path Appears from the creators of Half the Sky
A Path Appears goes to the USA, Colombia, Haiti, and Kenya to reveal the incredible adversity faced every day by millions of women and girls, while also presenting glimpses of hope and change. From the team that brought you the groundbreaking Half the Sky:Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. KLRU’s screening will focus on Part 1 of the series, which focuses on sex trafficking. Join New York Times reporter Nicholas Kristoff, Ashley Judd, Blake Lively and Malin Ackerman as they meet activists fighting sex trafficking in the U.S.

Allies Against Slavery will be at the event to discuss human trafficking in the Austin area. Allies Against Slavery develops community networks that build slave-free cities. The non-profit engages and mobilizes the community through advocacy, education and activism initiatives; supports and empower local survivors of human trafficking alongside our partners; and coordinates the Slave-Free City Network. Find out more at alliesagainstslavery.org. Join them for the Voices of Innocence: A night celebrating hope after life in human trafficking on Jan. 14th at The Long Center from 7- 10 pm. Get more details

Nicholas Kristof talks about his book A Path Appears on KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith.

Community Cinema is a groundbreaking public education and civic engagement initiative featuring screenings of films from Independent Lens on location in 100 cities and online. Between September and June, Community Cinema brings together leading organizations, community members and public television stations to learn, discuss and get involved in today’s critical social issues.

Arts In Context Shorts Lost: Flamenco Sephardit

AIC Lost: Flamenco SepharditCombining the rich traditions of Ladino music with the rhythms of Flamenco, Flamenco Sephardit brings together Judaeo-Spanish culture and Spanish folk music in a musical experience that captivates and entrances audiences. Produced by Maestro Jeffrey Eckstein, musicians from varying disciplines collaborate to fuse Ladino pieces with Flamenco music in a bold display of skill, grace, and passion. The language of Ladino has changed considerably since its exodus from Spain during the Spanish Inquisition, changing and evolving over centuries as Sephardic Jews who fled the country spoke it in secret. With opera singers, guitarists, and string instruments, Maestro Eckstein marries the music of Ladino with Flamenco in a showcase of rich Spanish cultures and harmonies. Drawing audiences with its intensity, Flamenco Sephardit puts a dramatic twist on an art form so historical that some consider it to be lost.