2016 Texas Tribune Festival

The Texas Tribune Festival, returns on Sept. 23-25! Students and educators will get the chance to engage with some of the biggest names and brains in politics and public policy at the University of Texas at Austin campus.

The registration desk for the 2016 Texas Tribune Festival is now open and are proud to announce the first 100+ confirmed speakers, with many more to come as we lead up to the Fest! Students and educators have a chance to register for the festival for $50.

Speakers at the 2016 Festival will include historian and filmmaker Henry Louis Gates, Jr., former President of Mexico Vicente Fox, energy magnate T. Boone Pickens, conservative commentator S.E. Cupp, former U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and former Texas Sen. Wendy Davis, along with more from around the state and across the nation. Join more than 150 exciting speakers at compelling panels, as discussions take on issues near and dear to Texas and the U.S. Check out the full list of speakers here.

And don’t miss out on the special Thursday night feast at Franklin Barbecue, featuring a conversation with Martin Baron, executive editor of The Washington Post and one of the subjects of Spotlight, the 2016 Oscar winner for Best Picture. An extra $250 ticket is required for the event, which includes all-you-can-eat barbecue and beer.

After the festival, stick around for Texas Tribune’s first-ever TribFeast, an evening gala following the Texas Tribune Festival’s full day of panels and programming on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016. New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, who will talk about Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and the state of the 2016 election in conversation with Tribune Co-Founder and CEO Evan Smith will also be in attendance. Taking place at the Etter-Harbin Alumni Center at The University of Texas at Austin, the evening will also include remarks by Larry R. Faulkner, former president of The University of Texas at Austin and Houston Endowment.

Spotlight Education Week 9/12-17

On Sept. 12-17, KLRU and PBS will be showcasing a week full of primetime programming which will focus on the challenges facing the American education system.

As part of KLRU’s and PBS’ commitment to education, the programs will explore the classrooms of today and explain how the amount of creativity and dedication that goes into teaching children makes a difference in schools and communities. Along with episodes from our core series such as POV, TED Talks and Frontline, the schedule will include primetime and PLUS programming, both of which are one-time specials.

Spotlight Education week in Austin is supported by Austin Community College.

Monday, September 12
9 pm – POV: All The Difference weaves together the stories of two promising young men as they navigate their lives in low-income, high-risk communities in Chicago. The 90-minute film explores the factors in their lives that made all the difference – an example of prioritizing education as a tool to secure a place in the middle class. Accompany two African-American teens from the South Side of Chicago on their journey to achieve their dream of graduating from college. Follow the young men through five years of hard work, sacrifice, setbacks and uncertainty.

10:30 pm – Arts In Context  Music for All Offering free, intensive music education to low-income youth from Travis and Hays County, Austin Soundwaves believes firmly in the principle that all students deserve a world-class education in the fine arts. Determined to make a difference in the minority community of Austin at a young age, the Hispanic Alliance of Performing Arts launched Austin Soundwaves. Program director Patrick Slevin and his team have already seen a positive impact on their students’ overall academics, motivation levels, and self-esteem. For Slevin, Austin Soundwaves is the first step towards providing the world class fine arts education that all students deserve.

Tuesday, September 13
8 pm  – FRONTLINE dives deep into the most pressing issues in education by updating two films.; “The Diploma Mill” and “Omarina’s Story.” “The Diploma Mill” (wt), a fresh look at the troubled for-profit college industry, examining reports of predatory behavior and fraud and the implosion of the education chain Corinthian Colleges. “Omarina’s Story” looks at how a program to stem the high school drop-out crisis has affected one girl’s journey. It chronicles how an innovative program to stem the high school drop-out crisis has affected one girl’s journey, from a public middle school in the Bronx to an elite New England private school to college. The film documents the divergent fates of two twins from the Bronx and sheds light on America’s dropout crisis and the brutal inequities in American Education.

9 pm – TED Talks: Education Revolution is hosted by writer/comedian Baratunde Thurston and actress/singer Sara Ramirez and includes short films, music, and inspiring speakers who are making a difference in our nation’s schools and universities. Explore innovative approaches to education. Speakers, including Anna Deavere Smith and Sal Khan, discus the school-to-prison pipeline, micromanaging kids and turning struggling students into scholars.

10 pm – The Address, a film by Ken Burns tells the story of a tiny school in Putney, Vermont, where the students are encouraged to memorize, practice and recite the Gettysburg Address, to unlock the history, context and importance of President Lincoln’s most powerful speech.

Wednesday, September 14
8 pm – NOVA: School of the Future, a two-hour documentary, looks at the school of the future by exploring “learning science,” a complex and interdisciplinary new field that encompasses neuroscience, physiology, and the psychology of children. In a new age of information, rapid innovation and globalization, how can we prepare our children to compete? Discover how the new science of learning can help us reimagine the future of education for all children.

Thursday, September 15
7:30 pm  – Eastside Education is a KLRU production. Follow students, teachers and staff at an Austin high school under threat of closure by the state. For years Eastside Memorial High School has been plagued by failing test scores and negative headlines.An Eastside Education spends one semester at one of Austin’s lowest income schools, as teachers, parents, administrators, and students fight to meet state accountability standards or watch their school be closed.

8 pm  – Time for School is an award-winning documentary project that visited seven classrooms in seven countries around the world. View an update to the documentary project that visits seven classrooms in seven countries and offers a glimpse of seven children struggling to get a basic education. The film catches up with the now adult seven to see how their lives have turned out.

Friday, September 16
9:30 pm – Craft in America: Teachers begins its eighth season on PBS with a unique hour that celebrates teachers: craft artists renowned for their own artistic visions, and committed to passing on their skills and passion for craft to new generations of students and artists.

Saturday, September 17
American Graduate Day! Find out more

Spotlight Education week in Austin is supported by Austin Community College.

GIF or GIF: Our Picks from PBS Digital Studios

Here’s an idea, check out this week’s pick from PBS Digital Studios’ Idea Channel!

Do You Pronounce it GIF or GIF?

So. Whether you like it or not, when you say the word G-I-F, especially on the internet, people are gonna talk about it. Some will correct you, some will correct the people correcting you, it’s the same conversation every time. Over and over and over. Which is why Mike proposed a third pronunciation way back when: Zhaif, or in the IPA: ʒaɪf.

CASA Superhero Run 9/18

Everyone wants to be a superhero, right?

By running for the cause, you can be the superhero you’ve always wanted for children that have been abused and neglected. The CASA Superhero Run will take place Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016 at Domain Central Park. 1458849274289

CASA of Travis County, CASA of Williamson County & CASA of Central Texas (Caldwell, Comal, Guadalupe & Hays Counties) will be hosting the event to raise awareness for children who’ve been abused and neglected. CASA speaks up for children by empowering our community to volunteer as advocates for them in the court system.

There will be a choice between two runs, a 5k and a kids 1k. Everyone is encouraged to register to race, donate to kids, fundraise for the cause or do all 3!

EVENT DAY SCHEDULE
7:00 am – Registration/Check-In (T-Shirt and Bib Pick-Up), Costume Contest and Superhero Activities
8:00 am – 5K
9:15 am – Kids 1K with Villains to Chase (Time approximate, Costume Contest Judging Ends when Kids 1K Starts)
Superhero Dance Party & Awards Ceremony after Kids 1K

REGISTRATION FEES5K:
$30 through Wednesday, August 31st
$35 through Tuesday, September 13th
$40 through race weekend
+ $5 for Optional Chip Timing

Kids 1K:
$20 through Tuesday, September 13th
$25 through race weekend

The Art Assignment: Our Picks from PBS Digital Studios

What’s the deal with artists nowadays? What exactly defines an artist? And what does an artist define in the process?

This week from PBS Digital StudiosThe Art Assignment figure out what makes these following artists unique!

The Case For Andy Warhol

You’ve heard his name. You’ve seen the Campbell’s Soup cans. You might know something about The Factory. But perhaps you’ve wondered why Andy Warhol gets so much attention or why his work even matters. What’s the deal with Warhol, and is he worth your time and consideration? Here’s your answer.

The Case For Kanye 

Kanye West was given an honorary doctorate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in May of 2015, and more than a couple of people questioned it. But why? Why shouldn’t Kanye be taken seriously in the world of art? Here’s our case for Kanye as an artist.

The Case For Yoko Ono 

Yoko Ono was an established artist before most of the world heard of her in 1968, and she continues to make groundbreaking work to this day. Who is Yoko Ono? What is her work? And why should you take her seriously?

The Case For Mark Rothko 

Rectangles after rectangles after rectangles. Rothko was a truly prolific artist who found his groove painting hazy swatches of color and stuck with it until the very end. Maybe you’ve wondered what the point of it all is, or why he did seemingly the same thing over and over again.

Highlights August 28- Sept. 3

KLRU Highlights

On Sunday, revisit treasured moments from Downton Abbey, including new behind-the-scenes clips and interview footage. Celebrate the stellar cast, the superb writing and the spectacular locations on Miss Downton Abbey at 7 pm.

Next at 8:30 pm Sunday, relive the thrilling first season of Inside Poldark with hints of what’s to come for the dashing Captain Ross Poldark. Featuring cast and creator interviews, behind-the-scenes footage and the spectacular Cornish coastline.

Rick Stevens’ Europe Travel Skills at 10 pm Sunday distills Steves’ 30 years of travel experience into an information-rich two-hour special. Rick dispenses practical advice on enjoying a fun, affordable and culturally broadening trip to Europe. Shot on his favorite 3,000-mile “Best of Europe” loop – Amsterdam, Germany’s Rhineland, Venice, Siena, the Italian Riviera, the Swiss Alps, Paris and London – Rick shares the essential skills of smart travel.

Monday at 7 pm, travel back 15 years to see our take on treasures then and now on Antiques Roadshow. Highlights include a New Orleans art pottery jardiniere, an 1858 map of lower Mississippi and a 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers World Series ball. Which item’s value jumped to $150,000-$200,000?

Birth Of A Faith at 8 pm Monday begins in Bethlehem and travels throughout the Holy Land. With the Gospels as a guide, host Jonathan Phillips traces the life of Jesus from his birth, ministry, passion, and resurrection.

Following at 9:15 pm on Ancient Roads From Christ to Constantine The Great Missionary meet the man whose transformation is one of the most compelling in history, the Apostle Paul. Journey with Jonathan Phillips as he re-traces Paul’s bold quest to bring the Christian message to Asia and Europe, a quest which would see him imprisoned, beaten and on the brink of death.

On part two of Jackie Robinson at 7 pm Tuesday Robinson uses his fame to speak out against injustice, alienating many who had once lauded him for “turning the other cheek.” After baseball, he seeks ways to fight inequality, but as he faces a crippling illness, he struggles to remain relevant.

Later at 9:40 pm Tuesday, discover the story behind the pioneering outlaw country music supergroup that featured Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson on Highwaymen: American Masters. Told through vintage performances and new interviews about life on the road and in the studio.

On Wednesday at 7 pm, tune into Nature Leave It To Beavers.’ A growing number of scientists, conservationists and grass-roots environmentalists have come to regard beavers as overlooked tools when it comes to reversing the disastrous effects of global warming and world-wide water shortages.

Next at 8:30 pm Wednesday, watch as NOVA and National Geographic take a dazzling dive to explore how and why so many of the ocean’s creatures light up-revealing a hidden undersea world where creatures flash, sparkle, shimmer or simply glow.

On Highwaymen Live At Nassau Coliseum at 10 pm Wednesday Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson -“the Mt. Rushmore of country music”- for this live concert recorded in 1990. The Highwaymen perform classics like “Big River,” “Me and Bobby McGee” and “Always on My Mind.”

Andrea Bocelli: Cinema on Thursday at 7 pm, Bocelli pays musical tribute to the silver screen in a lush concert of beloved songs from the movies. Joined by Grammy-winning producer David Foster, the renowned tenor performs memorable favorites from blockbuster classics including The Godfather, Scent of a Woman, Dr. Zhivago, Once Upon a Time in America, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and many more.

Later at 10:30 pm on The Daytripper, Chet visits “The Big Bend” of Texas with stops to learn its history and climb to a mountaintop classroom.

 

Science Night 8/31

Love animals? Make sure to catch our lineup of programs featuring beavers and creatures of the sea. Only on Science Night!

NatureLeave It To Beavers‘ – airs at 7 pm
Once valued for their fur or hunted as pests, these industrious rodents are seen in a new light through the eyes of this novel assembly of beaver enthusiasts and “employers” who reveal the ways in which the presence of beavers can transform and revive landscapes. Using their skills as natural builders and brilliant hydro-engineers, beavers are being recruited to accomplish everything from finding water in a bone-dry desert to recharging water tables and coaxing life back into damaged lands.

NOVACreatures Of Light‘ – airs at 8:30 pm
NOVA and National Geographic take a dazzling dive to explore how and why so many of the ocean’s creatures light up-revealing a hidden undersea world where creatures flash, sparkle, shimmer or simply glow.

High school sports is the focus this week on Q Night at the Movies 8/27

KLRU Q - Night at the Movies

Former Giants linebacker Carl Banks and Tom Cruise make an appearance on this week’s Q Night at the Movies!

Science Goes to the MoviesBallers and Everest‘ – airs at 7 pm
Retired Giants linebacker Carl Banks comes by to talk about the HBO series Ballers, the neurological underpinnings of teamwork, and why humans like to watch other humans engage in risky or dangerous behaviors.

On Story Dead Poets Society: Deconstructing the Acclaimed Classic‘ – airs at 7:30 pm
Tom Schulman, writer of Dead Poet’s Society, deconstructs the story’s journey from script to screen, along with his unique working relationships on set with Robin Williams and director Peter Weir.

All-star Film CollectionAll The Right Moves‘ – airs at 8 pm
A Pennsylvania steel-town high-school coach (Craig T. Nelson) tries to spoil a football hero’s (Tom Cruise) scholarship dream.

Independent LensIn Football We Trust‘ – airs at 9:30 pm
Explore the story behind the Polynesian pipeline to the NFL through the lives of high school players in Utah. As they enter the high-stakes world of college recruiting and the promise of pro sports, they still struggle with gang violence and poverty.

It’s Okay To Be Smart: Our Pick from PBS Digital Studios

Animals, animals and more animals! This week from PBS Digital Studios‘ ‘It’s Okay To Be Smart‘ we’re showing you the cute lives of otters, squirrels and even Bigfoot!

A Sea Otter’s Adorable Adoption Story 

Otters are more than just cute, adorable little fuzzballs, they are one of the greatest conservation success stories of all time. Sea otters are a keystone species, meaning that an entire ecosystem depends on their presence. After they were nearly hunted to extinction for their dense fur, sea urchins (the otters’ favorite food) nearly destroyed the Pacific kelp forests, a habitat that hundreds of species rely on for food and shelter.

Thanks to the hard work of conservation scientists at places like the Monterey Bay Aquarium, sea otter populations are on their way back. Here’s the story of one orphaned sea otter pup’s journey back to the wild

Could Bigfoot REALLY Exist?

You’ve seen the acclaimed ‘real life’ footage of Bigfoot. You’ve probably even seen scientist dig up the footprints of the beast too. But, so far, scientists haven’t been able to prove or disprove the existence of Bigfoot.

The world is a pretty big place and a lot has already been discovered, but as recent as 2013 scientists discovered a new species. Actually, a lot of of species have been discovered due to folklore – so who’s to say Bigfoot doesn’t exist?

How Do Squirrels Find Their Nuts?

How do squirrels remember where they hid their nuts? Some said it was a combination of a squirrels intuition and a tad bit of luck. However, when scientists took a closer look they realized squirrels return to their own hole despite other squirrels having hid their nuts in the same area. Squirrels even create decoy holes when it comes to food this is scarce! Find out more on this episode of It’s Okay To Be Smart.

Does My Dog Know What I’m Thinking? 

 

Do you ever talk to your dog? Do they ever talk back? Humans and dogs have a truly amazing relationship, developed along an evolutionary journey that goes back nearly 10,000 years. Do they really understand what we say, think, and feel? Recent research suggests dogs know more about our language and emotions than you might think.

 

 

Highlights August 21-27

KLRU Highlights

Kicking off Sunday at 7 pm is Secrets Of Westminster. From the outside, the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben are the classic London scene, the emblems of British democracy and history. Today, this building stands as a monument to a fair and open political system, but was it always so? This film goes inside its gothic walls and reveals the hidden world of the Houses of Commons and Lords; a world of back-stabbing, intrigue and traditions.

Next at 8 pm on Inspector Lewis, follow Lewis and Hathaway as they investigate a bomb attack that killed an eminent mathematician-a notorious philanderer with many enemies. When a bomb is discovered at his brother’s home, the case moves in another direction.

On this episode of Tunnel, Karl falls apart as the Truth Terrorist’s change of direction becomes unbearable. What will be the cost of catching their man? A hair-raising showdown begins. Watch at 9:30 pm.

Monday, tune into Antiques Roadshow at 7 pm. In 1998, Dr. Ferid Murad of the UT-Houston Medical School won the Nobel Prize in medicine for his work on the cardio-vascular system, while Antiques Roadshow made hearts palpitate with its first visit to H-Town. Fourteen years later, a 19th-century Chinese jade scepter, originally appraised for $1,500 to $2,500, has spiked to a radiantly healthy $50,000 to $80,000, while a 1912 Titanic menu went from a heart-stopping $75,000 to $100,000 to a less pulse-quickening $50,000 to $75,000.

In this documentary, Benjamin Wagner and his brother travel around the country to discover more about the television icon and what he meant by “deep and simple.” Featuring interviews with the late Tim Russert, host of Meet the Press; Susan Stamberg, correspondent for NPR; Marc Brown, author of the children’s book series Arthur; and Linda Ellerbee, host of Nickelodeon’s Nick News, the charming and philosophical documentary Mister Rogers & Me chronicles the brothers’ inspiring journey. Watch at 8 pm Monday.

Next at 9:30 pm on Highwaymen Live At Nassau, join Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson -“the Mt. Rushmore of country music”- for this live concert recorded in 1990. The Highwaymen perform classics like “Big River,” “Me and Bobby McGee” and “Always on My Mind.” See it again on Friday at 10 pm.

Robinson rises from humble origins to integrate Major League Baseball, performing brilliantly despite the threats and abuse he faces on and off the field and, in the process, challenges the prejudiced notions of what a black man can achieve. Watch on Tuesday at 7 pm on Jackie Robinson.

At 9:40 pm on Bonnie & Clyde: American Experience, discover the true story of the most famous outlaw couple in US history. Though their exploits were romanticized, the Barrow gang was believed responsible for at least 13 murders, including two policemen, as well as robberies and kidnappings.

Wednesday at 7 pm, feel the emotion as keepers and carers reunite with the wild animals that were once in their care to learn whether the close interspecies bonds that developed over many years in refuges and orphanages have stood the test of time. Watch on Nature.

At 8:30 pm on Particle Fever, follow six brilliant scientists for the launch of the Large Hadron Collider, built to recreate the conditions of the Big Bang and search for the Higgs boson, marking the start of the biggest and most expensive experiment in the history of the planet.

Thursday, Bryan Cranston sits down on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm. 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. Recent film credits include Trumbo, Argo, and the new HBO film All the Way, in which he plays President Lyndon Johnson. Cranston won a Tony for that role on Broadway.

Offering free, intensive music education to low-income youth, Austin Soundwaves believes firmly in the principle that all students deserve a world-class education in the fine arts. Inspired by El Sistema, a Venezuelan form of music education created to strengthen communities and culture throughout Latin America, the Hispanic Alliance of Performing Arts launched Austin Soundwaves. Watch at 7:30 pm on Arts In Context.

Following at 8 pm on The Daytripper, join Chet as he explores the east side of Texas’s capital city exploring its food trucks, a modern butcher shop, and a house museum that “Keeps Austin Weird.” He visit the Texas State Cemetery with the graves of past Texans including “Father of Texas” Stephen F. Austin, and then pushes his lack of athleticism to the extreme on an obstacle course.

Join Carol Burnett at 8:30 pm for her personally selected favorite moments from her long-running comedy series, including sketches from the first five years of the show not seen in decades. Watch on Carol Burnett’s Favorite Sketches.

Later at 10 pm on Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: 50 Years And Circlin’ Back, celebrate the groundbreaking band’s musical milestones and hits along with special guests Vince Gill, John Prine, Jackson Browne, Alison Krauss, Rodney Crowell, Jerry Jeff Walker, Jimmy Ibbotson, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas and Byron House.

From the internationally famous Dolby Theater in the heart of Hollywood, Andrea Bocelli pays musical tribute to the silver screen in a lush concert of beloved songs from the movies. Joined by Grammy- winning producer David Foster , the renowned tenor performs memorable favorites from blockbuster classics including The Godfather , Scent of a Woman , Dr. Zhivago , Once Upon a Time in America , Breakfast at Tiffany’s and many more. Tune in on Friday at 8 pm on Andrea Bocelli: Cinema.

Later at 10 pm on Highwaymen Live At Nassau Coliseum, join Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson -“the Mt. Rushmore of country music”- for this live concert recorded in 1990. The Highwaymen perform classics like “Big River,” “Me and Bobby McGee” and “Always on My Mind.”

On Central Texas Gardener, pump up the wildlife with drought-tough plants and a front yard design for family fun and food. Tune in at noon on Saturday.

Celebrate the music of award-winning singer/songwriter Christopher Cross in this star-packed special Christopher Cross & Friends at 7pm Saturday.. Joined by Michael McDonald and Mike Love, the Texas native performs his greatest hits.

Revisit treasured moments from Downton Abbey, including new behind-the-scenes clips and interview footage. Celebrate the stellar cast, the superb writing and the spectacular locations on Miss Downton Abbey! at 8:30 pm Saturday.