Brains & Gangsters on KLRU Q 11/24

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Here’s a quick look at what’s happening Monday, November 24, on KLRU-Q:

8 pm:

Jimmy Moran is found guilty of badly injuring a woman during a robbery. In the sentencing phase of the trial, Judge Rakoff hears arguments from the court-appointed psychiatrist, the attorneys, the victim’s husband and Jimmy himself. Meanwhile, Alan Alda discovers how neuroscience is already influencing the sentencing of defendants – especially young defendants – by revealing how the immature teenage brain is vulnerable to foolish and impulsive acts. Before Judge Rakoff pronounces Jimmy’s sentence, Alda meets a judge who has volunteered to have his own brain probed as he makes sentencing decisions. This episode of Brains on Trial with Alan Alda focuses on the sentence phase of Moran’s trial. We investigate Moran’s brain and look into what factors could have played into pulling the trigger.

9 pm:

The mention of Al Capone’s name sparks images of pinstripe suits and ruthless murders. More than 80 years after the height of his power, Al Capone: Icon explores Capone’s enduring impact on American culture and learn why people are still so fascinated by this celebrity gangster.

10 pm:

The prison island of Alcatraz is one of the country’s most complicated, terrifying and mysterious landmarks. “The Rock” was the notorious spot where the government put “the worst of the worst” prisoners, infamous criminals such as Machine Gun Kelly and Al Capone. Although it was closed in 1963, the island still holds the public’s imagination, becoming the destination site for thousands of tourists and the setting for feature films (The Rock, Escape from Alcatraz) and television series (Alcatraz). Return to Alcatraz is a wide-ranging documentary that traces the roots of the “Battle of Alcatraz” in 1946 – when the military was called in to crush a prison riot – as well as portraits of those who served time there. The program reveals the compelling story of convicted atomic spy Morton Sobell; the true, frightening tale of Robert Stroud – the “Birdman of Alcatraz”; and the real-life account of the 1962 “Escape from Alcatraz.”

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

Spend Sunday learning with KLRU Q 11/23

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Every Sunday KLRU-Q packs the day with educational programs that will entertain the whole family. Here’s what the schedule looks like:

2 pm: On Assassination: Idaho’s Trial of the Century, in 1907, the long-simmering tensions between trade unionists and capitalists finally played out in an Idaho courtroom when “Big Bill” Haywood, the secretary-treasurer of the Western Federation of Miners, stood charged with orchestrating the murder of former governor Frank Steunenberg.

3 pm: Narrated by George Clooney, JFK: One PM Central Standard Time recounts the riveting story of the reporting from Dallas and the CBS Newsroom in New York from the moment President Kennedy was shot until Cronkite’s emotional pronouncement of his death at 1 p.m. CST.

4 pm: Stressing how closely the medium and television audiences are joined in times of crisis, JFK: Breaking the News offers one of the first broadcast examinations of how local journalists in 1963 delivered rapidly breaking news to a nation in despair.

5 pm: Making Mao is a documentary that details the impact of half a century of Mao Zedong-centered propaganda.

5:55 pm: Escape From Iran: The Hollywood Option documents an extraordinary rescue operation.

6:45 pm: Spies Beneath Berlin tells the extraordinary true story of the top-secret mission to build a spy tunnel into the Soviet sector of one of the most heavily guarded cities in history.

7:40 pm: Lost Nuke recreates the enigmatic events surrounding the first disappearance of a nuclear weapon.

8:30 pm: Cuban Missile Crisis: Three Men Go to War tells the inside story of the Cuban Missile Crisis, exploring how in October 1962 the earth teetered on the very brink of nuclear holocaust.

9:30 pm: Based on Larry Sabato’s new book, The Kennedy Half-Century chronicles the impact and influence of John F. Kennedy’s life, administration and tragic death on the general public, the media and every subsequent U.S. president.

10:30 pm: Serving America: Memories of Peace Corps highlights the experiences of some of the nearly 3,000 volunteers who served during the early years of the Peace Corps.

11 pm:  ACL Presents highlights the 2014 Americana Music Festival recorded in Nashville.

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

Q Night at the Movies November 22

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Join KLRU Q for Movie Night every Saturday at 7:30 pm. Hours of entertainment are guaranteed! Here’s what this Saturday looks like:

First at 7 pm on Arts in Context, the Intergalactic Nemesis, Book One: Target Earth was an instant sensation. Created by an original comic-book story projected panel-by-panel on a video screen while three actors voiced the characters, one performer created sound-effects, and a keyboardist performed the score.

Then at 7:30 pm in On Story, Men in Black writer, Ed Solomon, explores the genesis of the movie and its journey from pre-production through post. Solomon documents his experiences getting fired and re-hired on the project, the evolution of the story, and working with the cast and crew.

Like the previous week, this week’s feature film stars Humphrey Bogart. In The Maltese Falcon, private eye Sam Spade encounters sundry characters (Mary Astor, Peter Lorre), all seeking a coveted statuette. The movie begins at 8 pm.

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

Dive into the sea on KLRU Q 11/21

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Join KLRU-Q for an aquatic exploration on Friday evening.

8 pm: Porpoises are the smallest members of the whale family. By following the struggles of two babies on opposite sides of the world, we see their dramatic lives on Wild! | Porpoises in Peril.

9 pm: Silver King: The Birth of Big Game Fishing offers a compelling look at the fish that fascinated and frustrated anglers for more than century – the massive, yet elusive, silver-scaled tarpon.

10 pm: Ocean Frontiers: The Dawn of a New Era in Ocean Stewardship travels to four seaports and watersheds to observe new, long-term approaches to ocean management- from the busy shipping lanes of Boston Harbor to a small fishing community in the Pacific Northwest; from coral reefs in the Florida Keys to the nation’s premier seafood nursery in the Mississippi Delta.

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

Explore the JFK assassination on KLRU Q 11/20

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Join KLRU-Q Thursday evening for an examination of media coverage when John F. Kennedy was assassinated.

8 pm: Narrated by George Clooney, JFK: One PM Central Standard Time recounts the riveting story of the reporting from Dallas and the CBS Newsroom in New York from the moment President Kennedy was shot until Cronkite’s emotional pronouncement of his death at 1 p.m. CST.

9 pm: Stressing how closely the medium and television audiences are joined in times of crisis, JFK: Breaking the News offers one of the first broadcast examinations of how local journalists in 1963 delivered rapidly breaking news to a nation in despair.

10 pm: On Assassination: Idaho’s Trial of the Century, in 1907, the long-simmering tensions between trade unionists and capitalists finally played out in an Idaho courtroom when “Big Bill” Haywood, the secretary-treasurer of the Western Federation of Miners, stood charged with orchestrating the murder of former governor Frank Steunenberg.

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

Global travel with KLRU Q 11/19

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Travel around the world with KLRU-Q Wednesday evening.

8 pm: On Globe Trekker, Merrilees takes a culinary tour around Scandinavia, a region infused with Viking history and heritage.

9 pm: In his latest Adventures With Purpose Special, adventurer Richard Bangs seeks out the modern-day “Viking Spirit” in Norway’s forbidding Arctic north, its mountainous sea coast and its bustling cities.

10 pm: On long with remarkable scenery and a real sense of journey, the viewer learns the history of The Nordlandsbanen – The Northern Railway – Norway’s longest rail line, from Trondheim, near the middle of the country, nearly 500 miles north to Bodø, on Norway’s rugged and mountainous Atlantic coast.

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

Explore space on KLRU Q 11/18

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What’s happening on KLRU-Q Tuesday evening, November 18?

8 pm: The Race to the Moon documents the era of the 1950s and 1960s, as post-war America finds itself locked in an ideological struggle with the Soviet Union-an adversary whose philosophy promised the destruction of capitalism.

9 pm: Rocket Men is an inspirational portrayal of the triumphs and tragedies punctuating the first 50 years of NASA’s manned missions.

10 pm: Our host reaches for the final frontier with a group who has spent the past 30-years trying to get to space in a balloon on Floating to Space.

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

Brains & History on KLRU Q 11/17

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Here’s what’s happening on KLRU-Q Monday, November 17:

Beginning at 8 pm, on trial is Jimmy Moran, who at 18 took part in a store robbery during which the storeowner’s wife was shot and grievously injured. Presiding is distinguished U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff, who has a longstanding interest in neuroscience and its conceivable effect on criminal law. The trial raises common questions: Is a witness lying? How reliable is eyewitness testimony? What’s the best way to avoid a biased jury? How well can the defendant’s intentions be judged? Alan Alda explores how brain-scanning technology is providing insights into these questions and discusses the implications of neuroscience entering the courtroom. This episode of Brains on Trial with Alan Alda showcases the guilt phase of Moran’s trial. We peer into the brains of others in the courtroom: the witnesses, judges and jurors.

At 9 pm, Edward & George: Two Brothers, One Throne tells the remarkable story of two brothers and two women at the heart of an infamous episode in British history. While the story of Edward and Wallis is fairly well known, the relationship between Edward and George has seldom been explored. The abdication marked the end of the fraternal friendship between the two – a friendship that would never be repaired. Using archival footage along with new interviews (including ones with Royal biographer Hugo Vickers and the Countess Mountbatten of Burma), we examine how, despite their differences, the brothers looked for similar qualities in the women they loved. These quests changed their relationship from one of love and loyalty to suspicion and betrayal.

Following at 9:55 pm, the documentary Hitler’s Favourite Royal tells the extraordinary story of the young English prince, Charles Edward, who became a forgotten footnote in the royal family’s history because of his relationship with Germany and, ultimately, Adolf Hitler. The program, narrated by Oscar-winner Tilda Swinton, features exclusive first-ever interviews with the convicted Nazi’s granddaughters.

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

Explore history on KLRU Q 11/16

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KLRU-Q brings you a day of educational and entertaining programs on Sunday! If you’re interested in war history, this day is for you. Here’s what the schedule looks like:

2 pm: Somme-From Defeat to Victory explores the bloodiest day in British military history.

3 pm: History Project: The Art of War shows how the First World War transformed the world of art and changed the way images of war are portrayed.

3:50 pm: Hindenburg and Hitler – The Making of a Fuhrer chronicles the political career of World War I hero Paul von Hindenburg, Germany’s chancellor from 1925 to 1934.

4:45 pm: Blitz: London’s Longest Night follows the events of one night in the Blitz of 1940 when London was subjected to the most ferocious and terrifying attack of the war; 24,000 firebombs were dropped on the city, 45 tons of explosives.

6:15 pm: Battle of Britain: The Real Story looks at the giant clash between two nations, examining how both countries used their resources during the Battle of Britain: from aircraft to air defense, and from intelligence to organization.

7:15 pm: In Greatest Raid of World War II, former member of the Special Boat Service turned politician Lord Ashdown uses his experience to shed light on the challenges faced by the ‘Cockleshell Heroes’, recreating their incredible journey up the Gironde estuary.

8:10 pm: Shot Down: Escaping Nazi Europe tells the astonishing and emotional stories of three Royal Airforce (RAF) pilots who survived being stranded behind enemy lines and the remarkable resistance fighters, some of them young French women, who helped save their lives and smuggle them out.

8:55 pm: At the outbreak of World War II, the only heavy four engined bombers in the war were either Russian or American. Learn more about the aircrafts of World War II on Weapons of World War II | Heavy Bombers.

9:20 pm: Colditz the Legend takes a fresh look at the legendary escapes, featuring stories from both Colditz survivors and their extended families.

10:05 pm: History Project | Hitler’s Lost Soldier is the story of Georg Gaertner is that of America’s most wanted man.

11:00 pm: Country superstar Eric Church performs tunes from his hit album The Outsiders on Austin City Limits.

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

Voyage through history with KLRU Q 11/13

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Take a voyage through history with KLRU-Q Thursday evening.

8 pm: Somme-From Defeat to Victory explores the bloodiest day in British military history.

9 pm: History Project: The Art of War shows how the First World War transformed the world of art and changed the way images of war are portrayed.

10 pm: Hindenburg and Hitler – The Making of a Fuhrer chronicles the political career of World War I hero Paul von Hindenburg, Germany’s chancellor from 1925 to 1934.

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