A new monthly series beginning 7/9: Science Goes To The Movies

It seems as if science has taken over everything nowadays, right? Everywhere you turn you’re faced with the fact that science – or science fiction, if you’re into that- is the ‘now’ thing. Hollywood has caught on to this and have formulated some of today’s beloved films such as Interstellar, Birdman and The Theory of Everything.

Here at KLRU we’re just as fascinated with scientific disciplines as Hollywood, which is why a new monthly series is coming to KLRUQ this July! Science Goes To The Movies, co-hosted by Faith Salie and Dr. Heather Berlin, will explore the science in contemporary motion pictures.

Salie is a television and national public radio host, political and pop culture commentator (CBS Sunday Morning), interviewer, journalist and actor. Dr. Berlin is an American neuroscientist.

Each episode will feature different guests drawn from different scientific backgrounds, illuminating scientific truths or imaginings in films such as The Imitation Game, Mad Max: Fury Road and The Silence Of The Lambs.

Birdman, Interstellar and The Theory Of Everythingairs July 3 at 12 am and July 9 at 7 pm
What’s the deal with hallucinations and black holes? In this episode, Salie and Dr. Berlin sit down with Dr. Emily Rice for an in-depth look at the science in these 2015 top films.

The Imitation Game and Into The Woodsairs July 10 at 12 am and July 16 at 7 pm
Cryptologist Rosario Genarro joins us on this episode of Science at the Movies. Together, we will discuss pattern recognition in the work of both Alan Turing and Stephen Sondheim.

The Lazarus Effect and Kingsman: The Secret Serviceairs July 17 at 12 am and July 23 at 7 pm
In this week’s episode, co-hosts Salie and Dr. Berlin are joined by renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson – Director of The American Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium – to discuss how Hollywood depicts scientists, particularly in current movies such as The Lazarus Effect and Kingsman: The Secret Service

Kingsman: The Secret Service and Particle Feverairs July 24 at 12 am and July 30 at 7 pm
Dr. Berlin, Salie and astrophysicist deGrasse Tyson continue their conversation of Kingsman: The Secret Service as well as how scientists and science it self are depicted in the 2013 documentary Particle Fever.

Force Majeure and Rosewaterairs July 31 at 12 am and Aug. 6 at 7 pm
What does fear do to the bran, to the body and how does it affect our decision making? This week Dr. Berlin and Salie sit down with journalist Ira Flatow as they discuss the Swedish film Force Majeure and Jon Stewart’s Rosewater for a discussion of visceral fear.

American Sniper and Grand Torinoairs Aug. 7 and Aug. 13 at 7 pm
Gerard Ilaria, from Weill Cornell Medical Center’s Headstrong Project, and Derek Coy, a U.S. Marine Corp veteran join us on this week’s episode of Science Goes To The Movies to discuss post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as it relates to Clint Eastwood’s films American Sniper and Grand Torino.

Fifty Shades Of Grey, Fatal Attraction and Last Tango In Parisairs Aug. 14 and Aug. 20 at 7 pm
Helen Fisher, a Senior Research Fellow at the Kinsey Institute and Chief Scientific Advisor for Match.com joins Dr. Berlin and Salie on this week’s episode of Science At The Movies. The three will discuss sex and its effect on perception in these films.

Ex Machina and Blade Runnerairs Aug. 21 and Aug. 27 at 7 pm
The 2015 film Ex Machina and 1982’s Blade Runner will be featured on this week’s episode. Christof Koch, President and Chief Scientific Officer of the Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle, joins us for a discussion of artificial intelligence and the fluid nature of consciousness in these films.

Welcome To Me, The Jinx and The Silence Of The Lambs airs at Aug. 28 and Sept. 3 at 7 pm
Co-hosts Faith Salie and neuroscientist Dr. Heather Berlin discuss madness in the films and TV shows Welcome to Me, starring Kristen Wiig, HBO’s The Jinx, The Silence Of The Lambs, and in part of Game of Thrones.

Star Trek, Star Wars and Fantastic Fourairs Sept. 4 and Sept.10 at 7 pm
Dr. Berlin and 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.

Mad Max: Fury Roadairs Sept. 11 and Sept. 17 at 7 pm
The science of cars and engines are discussed in this episode as automotive engineer and Future Fuels Technology CEO Art Vatsky sit down with Dr. Berlin and Salie.

Ballers and Everestairs Sept. 18 and Sept. 24 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.

Zom-beesairs Sept. 25 at 7 pm
Mark Siddall, parasitologist and curator at the American Museum of Natural History talks the science and history of both real and fictional zombies.

Hinterland to join KLRUQ British Drama Night starting 7/4

The United Kingdom may be leaving the European Union, but looks like a new British drama is entering British Drama Night on KLRU-Q starting July 4. Hinterland, replaces Whitechapel, will be added to the lineup, which currently includes Death In Paradise, Detectorists and Luther.

Death In Paradiseairs at 8:05 pm 

Sent to the tiny island of Saint-Marie to solve a mysterious murder, Detective Inspector Richard Poole is a total fish out of water. He can’t get out of there fast enough, but there’s a job to do and he does it brilliantly. His reward – a permanent posting to the island, his own personal hell on Earth. He may be stuck there, but he’s not going to let his standards slip. He’ll bring British rigor to this relaxed Caribbean workplace.

Detectoristsairs at 9 pm 

Andy has been thinking about internet dating. Not for him, but for his friend Lance, who’s still not over his ex-wife. Meanwhile, a mysterious stranger arrives to tempt the Danebury Metal Detecting Club in more ways than one.

Lutherairs at 9:30 pm

When an art dealer’s wife is taken hostage at gunpoint, Luther leads a tense investigation. The hostage takers want payment in diamonds so, stalling for time, Luther substitutes a bag of replacement diamonds from the Serious Crime Unit’s evidence safe. Luther and DCI Reed are on hand to arrest the gang members picking up the gems, but when everything starts to unravel Luther begins to suspect that even Reed has double-crossed him.

Hinterlandairs at 10:25 pm 

A noir crime drama in the scenic, centuries-old town of Aberystwyth, Wales. The area is a natural crucible of colliding worlds – a place where history, myth and tradition come face-to-face with modern life – but its panoramic vistas and quaint facade hide a multitude of sins.

KLRUQ Sunday Highlights 7/3

This Sunday on KLRUQ join us as we air two documentaries on two of the greatest fighters of the 20th century: Jack Johnson and Muhammad Ali.

Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnsonpart 1 at 5:50 pm and part 2 at 7:45 pm

This film by Ken Burns chronicles the life and career of Jack Johnson, the first African-American heavyweight champion and one of the greatest fighters of the 20th-century. Johnson ultimately lost his title in a bout in Cuba in 1915, after fleeing the United States following his federal conviction for allegedly violating the Mann Act, a progressive-era law intended to crack down on commercialized vice, but used against Johnson to create an example against, to quote the prosecutor, “the evils of miscegenation.

Muhammad Ali: Made In Miami starts at 9:30 pm

‘Muhammad Ali: Made In Miami’ explores the critical role that Miami played in the evolution of one of the significant cultural figures of our time: Muhammad Ali (nee Cassius Clay). The film chronicles Cassius Clay’s arrival in Miami in the fall of 1960 (fresh from earning a gold medal in the Rome Olympics), his life in Overtown — a neighborhood that was considered “Harlem South” and a vibrant center of black entertainment and commerce — and his affiliation with the famed Fifth Street Gym in Miami Beach. Over the course of the next few years — coinciding with the height of the national civil rights movement — Clay evolved both professionally and politically, piling up victories in the ring and adopting the black separatist teachings of the Nation of Islam. This documentary makes clear, it was in this period that Cassius Clay became Muhammad Ali.

Q Night At The Movies 7/2

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This week on Q Night At The Movies we are featuring two Hollywood stars Yul Brynner and America Ferrera. Later, tune into two classic movies ‘The Stranger’ and ‘D.o.a.’

Hollywood IdolsYul Brynner: The Man Who Was King‘ – airs at 7 pm
There will never be another like Yul Brynner. No other actor has had his looks, his range of talents, his energy, and his capacity to draw others into the spell of his charm. At an early age he found his perfect role in The King And I. The Academy Award-winning success that might have become a trap for a lesser star became the ongoing glory of his career from the peak of his stardom to his untimely death. Including clips from The King And I, The Ten Commandments, Anastasia, The Magnificent Seven, The Brothers Karamazov and Westworld.

On StoryAmerica Ferrera On The Storyteller’s Responsibility‘ – airs at 7:30 pm
Producer/Emmy-award winning actress, America Ferrera talks about her early roles in film and television including the hit show Ugly Betty, Real Women Have Curves, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and working with Ryan Piers Williams on the independent film The Dry Land.

Corinth Films CollectionThe Stranger‘ – airs at 8 pm
In 1946, Mr. Wilson (Edward G. Robinson) of the United Nations War Crimes Commission is hunting for a Nazi fugitive Franz Kindler (Orson Welles), a war criminal. Kindler has assumed a new identity, Charles Rankin, and has become a prep school teacher in a small town in Connecticut. He has married Mary Longstreet (Loretta Young), daughter of Supreme Court Justice Adam Longstreet (Philip Merivale).

Corinth Films CollectionD.O.A‘ – airs at 9:35 pm
Small-town accountant Frank Bigelow (Edmund O’Brien) goes to San Francisco for a week’s fun prior to settling down with fiancée Paula (Pamela Britton). After a night on the town, he wakes up with more than just a hangover; doctors tell him he’s been given a “luminous toxin” with no antidote and has, at most, a week to live! Not knowing who did it or why, he embarks on a frantic odyssey to find his own murderer.

Q Night at the Movies 6/25

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Remember Hollywood icon Audrey Hepburn in a special program and be on the lookout for rich eligible bachelors with our screening of ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes’ on Q Night at the Movies.

Hollywood IdolsAudrey Hepburn Remembered‘ – airs at 7 pm

Audrey Hepburn was one of movies’ best-loved stars. She was blessed with beauty, talent, an elegant sophistication, and an enduring aura of youthful innocence. Clips capture her commenting on her career, and the family and friendships that were her priority. The program features remembrances from her closest friends and family.

On StoryEpisode #611‘ – airs at 7:30 pm

Austin Film Festival’s ‘On Story’ is a half-hour series that gives a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process of the country’s most beloved movies and TV shows. The show is a mash-up of footage of screenwriter and film-makers discussing their craft and films. Each episode is thematically paired with one or two short films, with an introduction from the film’s writer or director. LA Times film critic Kenneth Turan says: “‘On Story’ is film school in a box, a lifetime’s worth of film-making knowledge squeezed into half-hour packages.”

All-star Film CollectionGentlemen Prefer Blondes‘ – airs at 8 pm

Two showgirls on the lookout for rich eligible bachelors run into numerous complications during a trip to Paris.

Q Night At The Movies 6 /18

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Join KLRUQ for a night at the movies with Ingrid Bergman, On Story and Oklahoma!

Hollywood IdolsIngrid Bergman Remembered‘ – airs at 7 pm 

Ingrid Bergman possessed a natural and vulnerable persona, which was both genuine and alluring. Her cinematic contributions included such movie classics as Casablanca and Anastasia. Bergman’s life took many sharp turns and led her in directions she never expected.  Appearing together for the first time, Ingrid’s daughters Pia Lindstrom and Isabella Rossellini take a personal look back at their mother’s life beyond Bergman’s acting career. They tell the story of her life, from her childhood in Sweden to her death at age 67 from breast cancer.

On Story Episode #610‘ – airs at 7: 30 pm

Austin Film Festival’s ‘On Story’ is a half-hour series that gives a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process of the country’s most beloved movies and TV shows. The show is a mash-up of footage of screenwriter and film-makers discussing their craft and films. Each episode is thematically paired with one or two short films, with an introduction from the film’s writer or director. LA Times film critic Kenneth Turan says: “‘On Story’ is film school in a box, a lifetime’s worth of film-making knowledge squeezed into half-hour packages.”

All-star Film CollectionOklahoma‘ – airs at 8 pm

In the Oklahoma territory at the turn of the twentieth century, two young cowboys vie with an evil ranch hand and a traveling peddler for the hearts of the women they love.

Q Night at the Movies 6/11

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Join KLRUQ for K Night at the Movies with three back-to-back special programs.

Hollywood IdolsMichael Caine: Breaking The Mold‘ – airs at 7 pm 

Born into poverty in London, when he first decided to become an actor, Michael Caine was met with amazement – who did he think he was? Yet, he persevered, starting in repertory theater, then television, and, finally succeeding in becoming one of filmdom’s most versatile stars. This special features clips from such films as Educating Rita, The Man Who Would Be King, Alfie, California Suite, Hannah and Her Sisters, Mona Lisa, Sleuth, Zulu, and The Ipcress File.

On StoryChris Cooper: A Conversation On Acting‘ – airs at 7:30 pm

Austin Film Festival’s ‘On Story’ is a half-hour series that gives a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process of the country’s most beloved movies and TV shows. The show is a mash-up of footage of screenwriter and film-makers discussing their craft and films. Each episode is thematically paired with one or two short films, with an introduction from the film’s writer or director. LA Times film critic Kenneth Turan says: “‘On Story’ is film school in a box, a lifetime’s worth of film-making knowledge squeezed into half-hour packages.”

Corinth Films CollectionHenry Viii And His Six Wives‘ – airs at 8 pm 

On his deathbed Tudor-king Henry VIII (Keith Michell) remembers his long reign and especially the crucial part his six marriages played in it, without producing the male heir he desired.

Q Night At The Movies 6/4

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If you’ve ever wondered who started the pixie-cut trend you might want to tune into Q Night At The Movies on Saturday. First, we highlight film and Broadway actress Shirley MacLaine taking you through her career as an actress. Then, stay tuned for a discussion on the challenges that come with running your own webseries. Later, don’t miss the 1940 film The Shop Around The Corner.

Shirley MacLaine, long-legged and strawberry brown pixie haired, was called to stardom in 1955 and was cast in Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Trouble with Harry.” MacLaine has starred among the most popular leading men of the time such as Fred MacMurray, Jack Lemmon, Frank Sinatra, Clint Eastwood and Robert Mitchum. MacLaine’s films include The Apartment, Two For The Seesaw, The Turning Point, Terms of Endearment, Steel Magnolias and many more. Tune in on Shirley MacLaine: Kicking Up Her Heels at 7 pm.

Next at 7:30 pm on Awkward Black Girl: A Conversation With Issa Rae, join Rae as she tells us about the challenges that come with creating your own webseries, the freedom of doing it your own way and how to navigate the growing sensation of developing original online content.

Closing the night with The Shop Around The Corner, the more Budapest co-workers (Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart) fight, the more they fall in love as secret pen pals.

KLRU Celebrates Earth Month!

Here at KLRU, we love our planet and proudly celebrate Earth Day. With it coming up on April 22nd, what better way to pay tribute to our big blue planet than to air programs that embrace nature and shed light on problems the Earth currently faces?

On April 21, Arts In Context Thirst explores an art installation that takes on the pressing issue of water shortages and challenges the community to action at 7:30 p.m. Presented by the Center For Women & Their Work, Thirst memorializes the loss of over 300 million trees that died in the Texas in the drought of 2011.

From April 25-30 at 8 p.m., the miniseries, National Parks: America’s Best Idea, will chronologically work its way through the history of the creation of our national parks.

On April 25, National Parks: America’s Best Idea The Scripture Of Nature (1851-1890) tells how the astonishing beauty of Yosemite Valley and the geyser wonderland of Yellowstone give birth to the radical idea of creating national parks for the enjoyment of everyone; John Muir becomes their eloquent defender. In addition, Symphony of the Soil artistically explores the miraculous substance soil at 10 p.m.

April 26 brings National Parks: America’s Best Idea The Last Refuge (1890-1915), which discusses how a young president, Theodore Roosevelt, becomes one of the national parks’ greatest champions; in Yellowstone, a magnificent species is rescued from extinction; and in Yosemite, John Muir fights the battle of his life to save a beautiful valley. But before that, at 7 p.m. National Parks of Texas: In Contact With Beauty shares how these parks were created and reveals the secrets they hold.

National Parks: America’s Best Idea The Empire Of Grandeur (1915-1919) airs April 27. In John Muir’s absence, a new leader steps forward on behalf of America’s remaining pristine places; a new federal agency is created to protect the parks; and in Arizona, a fight breaks out over the fate of the grandest canyon on earth.

On April 28, National Parks: America’s Best Idea Going Home (1920-1933) tells the story of a Nebraska housewife who searches for peace and inspiration in park after park, while a honeymoon couple seeks fame and adventure in the Grand Canyon; and the future of the Great Smoky Mountains becomes caught in a race with the lumbermen’s saws.

National Parks: America’s Best Idea Great Nature (1933-1945) explains that in the midst of an economic catastrophe and then a world war, the national parks provide a source of much-needed jobs and then much-needed peace on April 29; the park idea changes to include new places and new ways of thinking; and in Wyoming, battle lines are drawn along the front of the Teton Range.

A stubborn iconoclast fights a lonely battle on behalf of a species nearly everyone hates on National Parks: America’s Best Idea The Morning Of Creation (1946-1980) on April 30.  America’s “Last Frontier” becomes a testing ground for the future of the park idea; and in unprecedented numbers, American families create unforgettable memories, passing on a love of the parks to the next generation.

KLRU Q also crafted some of their April programming in honor of our planet.

On April 15, Q starts the night off with Big Burn: American Experience at 8 p.m. This one-hour special highlights the hundreds of wildfires that raged across the Northern Rockies during the summer of 1910. Then at 9 p.m., America’s First Forest: Carl Schenck And The Ashtev examines the pivotal role played by pioneering forestry educator Carl Schenck and his founding of America’s first school of forestry-the Biltmore Forest School. To finish the night off, Jens Jensen The Living Green profiles the unsung pioneering landscape architect who became one of America’s most influential urban designers and early conservationists at 10 p.m.

Then on Earth Day itself, April 22, experience the battle for a living planet in the first big-picture exploration of the environmental movement, spanning 50 years of grassroots and global activism on American Masters A Fierce Green Fire at 8 p.m. After that, Green Fire: Aldo Leopold And A Land Ethic For Our Time highlights Aldo Leopold’s extraordinary career as an environmentalist, tracing how he shaped and influenced the modern environmental movement. Finally, Symphony of the Soil artistically explores the miraculous substance soil at 10 p.m.

Q Night At The Movies 2/27: Glory & much more

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This week, Night At The Movies will explore works that highlight the struggle for equality in America. On Variety, we will hear from actors about their newest projects, including actresses from Suffragette and Carol. Then, the writer of Philadelphiaa story about a man with AIDS who was fired for his condition, discusses the impact of his screenplay. After that, Glory will tell the story of an all-black regiment during the Civil War. To end the night, we’ll take a broader look at the black experience before, during, and after the Civil War.

Variety Episode #302 at 6:30 p.m.
An intimate conversation between some of the greatest actors working today. Featuring Kate Winslet (Jobs) with Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn), Carey Mulligan (Suffragette) with Elizabeth Banks (Love & Mercy), Steve Carell (The Big Short) with Rooney Mara (Carol), Bryan Cranston (Trumbo) with Jason Segel (The End of the Tour).

On Story Watch Philadelphia: A Look Back at 7:30 p.m.
Ron Nyswaner recounts the social impact of his screenplay Philadelphia, a bold film released during a delicate time in history. Followed by Oliver Kember’s Puzzled, about a young boy whose only chance at survival on the playground is to outsmart the other children.

All-star Film Collection Glory at 8:00 p.m.
Col. Robert Gould Shaw (Matthew Broderick) trains and leads an all-black regiment of the U.S. Civil War.

Looking Over Jordan: African Americans And The War  at 10:05 p.m.
This documentary chronicles the black experience in the South before, during and after the war. It features interviews with Civil War scholars, historical re-enactments, and primary readings. Among many topics, the documentary covers the marked rise of slavery between 1790 and 1860, the role of religion and music in the slave narrative, the influx of freed black slaves into the Union army, heroics at the Battle of Nashville in December 1864, both Confiscation Acts, and the creation of the Bureau of Freedman, Refugees and Abandoned Land to aid freed slaves in the early Reconstruction era.