Science Night 8/24

This week on Science Night, join KLRU for a lineup of programs featuring the relationship between animals and one of the most historic experiments of the planet.

NatureAnimal Reunions‘ – airs 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.

Particle Fever – airs at 8:30 pm
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.

KLRU NEXT Nights: All About Bob Ross! 8/24

Get ready for a night all about Bob Ross!

bobrossKLRU will be hosting NEXT Nights focusing on the work of Ross on August 24 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm at 800 Congress Avenue.

Enjoy live painting, themed cocktails from Banner Distilling, bites from The Capital Grille, locally brewed beers from Austin Speciality and treats from Skull & Cakebones. Also, let’s not forget our ‘Fro’to booth (happy little trees photobooth) and much more!

Make sure and purchase your tickets today!

 

Capital City Black Film Festival 8/25-28

The fourth annual Capital City Black Film Festival (CCBFF) will feature films, acting seminars, weekend parties and so much more! KLRU will present our Juneteenth Jamboree 2016 documentary and our Coach Robinson short documentary at the event, which takes place August 25-28. Tickets are now on sale.

CCBFF is an Austin-based festival with a goal to bring African-Americans in the media and film industry together. In 2013, CCBFF kicked off its inaugural year with a two-day screening of independent films expressing the African American experience. In 2015, CCBFF expanded its  reach with year-round events and opportunities to experience the brilliant works of black artists and filmmakers across the globe.

This year’s festival will have appearances by actor, writer and producer Miguel A. Núñez Jr, #OscarSoWhite Creator April Reign and much more. The event will be taking place at the Austin Convention Center from August 25 – 28. Tickets are now on sale.

 

El Mundo Newspaper’s Back to School Fest 8/20

KLRU Kids

With up to 6,000  attendees and over 2,000 students helped in previous years, the El Mundo Newspaper will once again be hosting their Back to School Fest on August 20, 2016 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. KLRU will be in attendance to provide educational resources from PBS Kids programs.

The fest which will offer a variety of health services including: immunizations, nutrition education and health screenings. After completing a minimum of three screening, parents or children will be eligible for a backpack packed with school supplies, while supplies last. All parents or guardians must bring child’s shot records for immunization services.

The event is free and open to the entire community. While there, attendees will have the chance to participate in raffles, music, food and family fun.

Location: Delco Center 4601 Pecan Brook Dr., Austin, TX 78724

Funny Ladies on Q Night at the Movies 8/20

KLRU Q - Night at the Movies

Tune in this week for another amazing lineup of special programming on Q Night at the Movies!

Science Goes to the MoviesStar Trek, Star Wars, and Fantastic Four‘ – airs at 7 pm
Dr. Heather Berlin and Faith Salie are joined by City College physics professor Vinod Menon to discuss how light is used and portrayed in Star Wars, Star Trek, and Fantastic Four.

On StoryCarl Reiner: A Conversation with a TV Legend‘ – airs at 7:30 pm
Carl Reiner discusses working with comedy giants Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore on the influential sitcom, The Dick Van Dyke Show.

Carol Burnett’s Favorite Sketches airs at 8 pm
Join Carol Burnett 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.

Pioneers of TelevisionFunny Ladies‘ – airs at 9:30 pm
This episode includes the first standup comediennes to appear on television, including Joan Rivers and the late Phyllis Diller. Funny Ladies also looks at Lucille Ball’s breakthrough on I Love Lucy and the sitcom stars who followed, including Mary Tyler Moore, Betty White and Marla Gibbs. Also, television’s most beloved variety star, Carol Burnett.

Mary Tyler Moore: A Celebration – airs at 10:30 pm
View dozens of classic TV and movie clips and hear comments from Moore’s co-stars and Moore herself. Oprah Winfrey recounts Moore’s critical role in inspiring her – and millions of others – as TV’s first independent career woman.

 

BBQ with Franklin: Our picks from PBS Digital Studios

Every Austinite has experienced the enormous line for barbecue at Aaron Franklin’s downtown restaurant Franklin’s Barbecue. In this week’s picks from PBS Digital Studios’ BBQ with Franklin, Franklin himself will share how-to’s on some of his favorite recipes – no line included.

Beef Jerky – BBQ with Franklin

Looking for a quick and easy snack? In this segment, Franklin will teach you how to prepare and make your own delicious beef jerky.

Smokin’ Sausage – BBQ with Franklin

Sausage is a staple in Central Texas barbecue, and there’s not much to it! In this episode, Franklin will teach you his method of smoking sausage and see the difference between a perfectly cooked sausage and an overcook sausage.

Beef Ribs – BBQ with Franklin 

Join Franklin as he takes you step by step into preparing mouth-watering ribs!

Highlights August 14-20

KLRU Highlights

In flashbacks, listen to Stanley’s interviews with Louis, Jessie and Carla. The conversations touch on fame, prejudice, music, inequality, the aristocracy, ambition, fandom, family, education and more. Watch on Sunday on Dancing On The Edge. Show starts at 7 pm.

On this week’s episode of Inspector Lewis, Lewis and Hathaway anticipate more murders when they find an alchemic image purposefully left at the scene of an Oxford dean’s bludgeoning death. A tattoo on his body and those of two more victims leads to a frantic effort to prevent another murder. Watch at 8 pm.

At 9 pm on Tunnel, things take a nasty turn for Karl as police get within a hair’s breadth of catching the killer. Will they be in time?

Monday at 7 pm, look back to 2001 to learn what has since happened in the antiques market. Highlights include a John Lehman stoneware jug from around 1870, a 34-Star Civil War flag and a Rene Portocarrero painting, ca. 1958. Which item’s valuation soared to $125,000? Watch on Antiques Roadshow.

Jimmy Carter: American Experience follows at 8 pm. This film traces the ascent of an ambitious country boy from a peanut farm in Plains, Georgia, to the Oval Office; it examines the failings of Jimmy Carter’s political leadership in the context of the turbulent 1970s; and explores the role religion played in his career.

Next at 10 pm, Two Feet from the Audience is a documentary that looks at the movement which brings classical music to non-traditional and alternative venues, such as nightclubs and bars, in order to both introduce and revive interest in this genres to audiences who have not traditionally sought out classical music performances.

Kelsey Carroll has one goal – to graduate from high school – and plenty of reasons why she shouldn’t. She attends a school with one of the highest dropout rates in New Hampshire and has dealt with homelessness, sexual abuse, and ADHD. As a freshman, she didn’t earn a single academic credit, but she did get suspended for dealing drugs. ‘Who Cares About Kelsey?‘ is the story of Kelsey’s transformation from a defiant and disruptive “problem student” to a motivated and self-confident young woman. Watch at 7 pm.

Next at 8 pm, tune into Reagan: American Experience. A former actor whose opponents consistently underestimated him, Reagan became a passionate ideologue who preached a gospel of lower taxes, less government and anti-Communism-a president who preferred to see America as a shining city on a hill.

From 1972 to 1974 the Watergate scandal was frequently a part of The Dick Cavett Show. In fact, Cavett was at the forefront of national TV coverage, interviewing nearly every major Watergate figure as the crisis unfolded. Dick Cavett’s Watergate, documents the scandal in the words of the people who lived it: from the botched burglary at the Democratic National Headquarters; to the must-see TV of the daily Congressional Watergate hearings; to the on-going behind-the-scenes battle between the White House and The Dick Cavett Show; culminating with the resignation of the President of the United States on August 9, 1974.

On Wednesday at 7 pm watch Nature‘s ‘Nature’s Perfect Partners.’ Learn the value of teamwork among animal partners, even ones as odd but perfect as hippo and fish. There are times in life when all you need is a little help. Sea and land animals collaborate using brainpower to solve complex problems and stay alive.

In 1989, after two terms in office, Ronald Wilson Reagan left the White House one of the most popular presidents of the 20th century – and one of the most controversial. When his Hollywood career began to wane, Reagan turned to politics. One by one, his opponents underestimated him; one by one, Reagan surprised them, rising to become a president who always preferred to see America as a “shining city on a hill.” Watch at 8 pm on Reagan: American Experience.

At 10:30 pm on Austin City Limits, explore contemporary California rock with Los Lobos and Thao & The Get Down Stay Down. Veteran rockers Los Lobos perform a 40th anniversary career overview. Lively folk rockers Thao & The Get Down Stay Down play songs from their LP We the Common.

Thursday at 7 pm, watch George H.W. Bush: American Experience. H.W. Bush examines Bush’s service in World War II, and his early career in Texas, to his days in the Oval Office, first as Vice President to Ronald Reagan, then as the leader who presided over the first Gulf War. Drawing upon Bush’s personal diaries and interviews with his closest advisors and most prominent critics, the film also explores Bush’s role as the patriarch of a political family whose influence is unequaled in modern American life. Part one examines Bush’s childhood, early career in Texas, his courtship of Barbara Bush and his rise in the Republican Party.

Later at 10 pm on The Daytripper, Chet heads to “Big D” to explore all that’s happening He views town from the top of Reunion Tower and visits the Perot Science Museum. In Deep Ellum, Chet eats authentic Texas BBQ, and in the Bishop Arts District he shops at “Mantiques” and visits an experimenting chocolatier. He takes a bike ride on the urban trails along the Trinity River, then polishes off the day serving chicken biscuits.

At 10:30 pm, stay tuned for another episode of The Daytripper. Chet 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.

On Friday at 8 pm, discover the story behind the pioneering outlaw country music supergroup that featured Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson, told through vintage performances and new interviews about life on the road and in the studio. Watch on Highwaymen: American Masters.

Next at 9:30 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.”

Meet the mistakes that don’t really conserve water. See how a gardener attracts wildlife all year. Watch at noon on Central Texas Gardener.

Saturday at 7 pm, celebrate Joan Baez’ birthday with guests David Bromberg, Jackson Browne, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Judy Collins, David Crosby, Emmylou Harris, Indigo Girls, Damien Rice, Mavis Staples, Nano Stern, Richard Thompson and Paul Simon. Tune into Joan Baez 75th Birthday Celebration.

 

Q Night at the Movies 8/13

KLRU Q - Night at the Movies

Clint Eastwood, Norman Lear and The Man With The Golden Arm! Cath them all on Q Night at the Movies.

Science Goes to the MoviesAmerican Sniper and Grad Torino‘ – airs at 7 pm
Co-hosts Faith Salie and Dr. Heather Berlin are joined by Gerard Ilaria, from Weill Cornell Medical Center’s Headstrong Project, and Derek Coy, a U.S. Marine Corp veteran, to discuss post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as it relates to the Clint Eastwood-directed films, American Sniper and Gran Torino.

On StoryNorman Lear – A Retrospective‘ – airs at 7:30 pm
Perhaps one of the most influential contributors to the landscape of situational comedies and progressive writing in Hollywood, Norman Lear transformed a genre known for play-it-safe humor into a platform for how Americans experience social issues. In this week’s On Story, Lear remembers a few of his favorite episodes and how he created some of the most beloved characters in the history of tv.

Corinth Film CollectionThe Man With The Golden Arm‘ – airs at 8 pm
Frankie Machine (Frank Sinatra) is a skilled card dealer and one-time heroin addict. When he returns home from jail, he struggles to find a new livelihood and to avoid slipping back into addiction.

 

Winter is coming, the universe may be expanding and Earth’s shape: Our picks from PBS Digital Studios

Science doesn’t come easy to some individuals— those usually turn into English, philosophy or communication studies majors. Though, you may still need to register for that dreaded Astronomy course you’ve been putting off until your senior year. This week’s picks from PBS Digital Studios are here to help you stop seeing stars when it comes to your science homework.

Is an Ice Age Coming?PBS Space Time

In a world where you can’t get away from a viral picture of a polar bear and its cub floating on a melted piece of ice, studies suggest that the current ‘warm period’ may be coming to an end. Sure, we’re in a brief interglacial phase, a summery-stretch which causes the glaciers to retreat, but these interglacial periods are short lived— so you might want to stock up on some parkas. Is an Ice Age really coming? Watch the episode to find out!


Will the Universe Expand Forever? – PBS Space Time

Dump all information regarding how large the Universe is out of your mind because scientists are currently unaware of its size. Truthfully, the Universe may be finite or infinite—strange, right? Even stranger, the expansion of the Universe will be dominated by a mysterious influence: dark energy. Yeah, it’s crazy.

Why is the Earth Round and the Milky Way Flat? – PBS Space Time

Our Universe creates some pretty cool things, right? But why do the planets, the stars and galaxies take on different shapes? They’re all held together by gravity, so how do they decide what shape to be? This episode of Space Time uncovers the two key principles behind these questions!

 

 

 

Learn about Everyday Miracles on KLRUQ 8/9 & 8/16

Demonstrating that the everyday and mundane are often anything but, the engrossing documentary Everyday Miracles reveals how raw materials are transformed into the objects that make modern life more comfortable.

Over the course of this two-part program, host Mark Miodownik reveals the scientific discoveries and fascinating industrial processes behind everything from the cars we drive to the clothes we wear to the furniture we sit on.

Homeairs Aug. 9 at 8 pm
Professor Mark Miodownik shows us what is so great about “stuff.” So many of the goods around us, which we likely take for granted, are revealed to be little pieces of domestic magic: everyday miracles. On the road and in the lab with explosive experiments, Mark reveals why the everyday and even the mundane is anything but.

Awayairs Aug. 16 at 8 pm
Professor Mark Miodownik looks at how materials allow us to indulge our curiosity about the world, enabling us to go further and travel faster. He looks at how the bicycle suddenly stirred a national gene pool, why we should all be grateful for exploding glass and what levitation has to do with discovering your inner self.