Highlights May 24-30

KLRU Highlights

Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise co-host the 26th broadcast of the National Memorial Day Concert, a night of remembrance honoring the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform, their families at home and all those who have given their lives for our country. Airs Sunday at 7 pm, 8:30 pm, and Monday at 10 pm.

On Monday at 8 pm, view intimate portraits of America’s military families on Homefront, with unprecedented access to soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen and women in the all-volunteer military.

The Storm, episode 4 of The Roosevelts: An Intimate History, tells the story of Franklin Roosevelt’s political career, from his 1920 vice presidential run to his election as president, and the hardships he faced in between. Airs Tuesday at 7 pm.

Tuesday at 9 pm, go inside the Obama administration’s struggle to deal with ISIS and the deadly civil war in Syria. With interviews from key military and diplomatic leaders, Frontline Obama At War examines the hard choices facing the president as he tries to defeat the Islamic State without dragging America into a prolonged regional conflict.

Tuesday at 10 pm, Independent Lens Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry tells the story of one of the most internationally celebrated Chinese artists of the modern era. Ai Weiwei is a troublemaker with a serious agenda: to challenge the oppression of the Chinese people by their government with rebellious and irreverent gestures. His activism has cost him his freedom repeatedly, but he never seems to lose his childlike approach to serious dissidence executed with a wink.

Nature My Bionic Pet at 7 pm Wednesday explores how technology can save injured animals. Left disabled without fins, flippers, beaks or tails because of disease, accidents or even human cruelty, these unfortunate creatures need what amounts to a miracle if they are to survive.

He risked his life for the nation and became a world icon, but who was Neil Armstrong? Find out on NOVA First Man On The Moon, Wednesday at 8 pm.

John Glenn: A Life of Service, Wednesday at 9 pm, chronicles the extraordinary life and career of an American legend. The documentary surveys Glenn’s distinguished military, NASA and political careers through archival footage and interviews with lawmakers, journalists, historians and NASA colleagues

Thursday’s Overheard With Evan Smith at 7 pm features Cokie Roberts, best-selling author, contributor to NPR’s Morning Edition and Political Commentator for ABC News.

Arts In Context In Their Words at 7:30 pm on Thursday profiles Songwriting With Soldiers, an organization that offers intensely immersive retreats to military veterans and active duty soldiers where they write songs about their experiences with the help of professional songwriters.

Sausage, often a BBQ afterthought, is now finding reason to take center plate. Aaron makes sausage from scratch and visits some folks who are pushing the boundaries of artisan sausage-making on BBQ With Franklin: Sausage, Thursday at 8 pm.

Chet heads to no-man’s land to canoe the “most pristine river in Texas.” On this multi-day canoe trip, he fishes, camps on the banks of this blue river, and learns what it takes to survive in the middle of nowhere on The Daytripper Devil’s River at 8:30 pm.

Admissions On Trial, Thursday at 9 pm takes an in-depth look at the debate over how universities choose their students and the role of race in the process.

Great Performances: Boston Symphony Orchestra is a wide-ranging, one-night-only event celebrating the start of BSO music director Andris Nelsons’ tenure as the 15th music director of the orchestra. AIrs Friday at 8 pm.

Mingle those structural succulents with floppy and flowering plants in drought defiant companionship on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. On tour, a front yard’s become the family’s new playground since they swapped grass for food, layers of perennial texture, and cozy hangouts.

Back-to-back episodes of Mother’s Son air Saturday beginning at 8:50 pm. This gripping drama depicts a dilemma no parent wants to face. When a teenage girl is murdered, Rosie, a divorced mother of two, suspects with horror that her teenage son, Jamie is involved. How far will a family go to protect their son?

 

American Graduate Champion: Glenn Clark

KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

army dadToday’s Champion is Glenn Clark! Glenn is a former servicemen from Round Rock, Texas. “He’s a very strong person and is extremely self motivated. I think he’s shaped me as a person, growing up with someone who is just as strong and as talented and willful as he is.” Check out the recommendation video for more on Glenn!

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

 

American Graduate Champion: Quain Barfield

KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

KaraandDadToday’s Champion is Quain Barfield! “My Dad really inspired me when I was growing up… he made me realize that I am just as worthy as other kids.” Take a look at the recommendation video from Cedar Ridge High School for more on Quain!

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

 

 

American Graduate Champion: Monica Aguirre

KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

daughter and health professional mom (1)Today’s champion is Monica Aguirre! Monica is a mother and a healthcare professional in Round Rock, Texas. Each day she motivates and inspires her kids, her recommendation video said, “When you think about what a Mom does, it’s amazing. She [Monica Aguirre} has supported and motivated me through everything. There was a time when I just didn’t want to go to school anymore, and I started skipping a lot- it was my Mom who really got me back on track.” For more on Monica check out her recommendation video.

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

 

American Graduate Champion: Javier Hernandez

 

KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

policemanToday’s Champion is Javier Hernandez! Javier is the deputy sheriff at a Round Rock middle school, and has served as a mentor to students in the community. “Ever since I met him in 6th grade, he’s been a mentor and he’s inspired me. He has always been a person that will help me out no matter what the situation is.” Check out the recommendation video for more on Javier!

 Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

 

 

 

On-air pledge drives got you down? #yourklru is for you!

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 “The pledge weeks drive me nuts!”

“I’m not crazy about the pledge time blather during intermissions.”

“Pledge drives totally misrepresent your normal content.” 

Your voice has been heard and now we’re responding! KLRU will be kicking off an unprecedented Summer Fundraising campaign in June, and this time around, we’re doing something completely different!

KLRU will embark on a 5 day online giving drive, instead of the traditional 10 day on-air pledge drive. What does this mean? It means we’re NOT interrupting your regular schedule and we’re NOT breaking into your favorite shows to ask for support. Instead, we’re asking you to:

WATCH - Tune in to KLRU as you normally would.

GIVE - Join us June 1-5 to give your gift at klru.org or 866-910-KLRU. Your gift will help provide quality educational programming to everyone in Central Texas.

ENGAGE - Share what you love about KLRU on social media today and hashtagging it #yourklru.

INSPIRE - Become a personal fundraiser and spread the word to friends, family, neighbors and co-workers to give too!

Together, we can transform the way we fundraise to continue to bring your favorite PBS programs to your living room each and every day. But we can’t do it without YOU and so in return for your support during this 5 day drive, we’ll be giving away some fun things including: an AppleTV, 2 tickets to the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony & Concert, a Roku 3, KLRU t-shirts and more!

It’s a full week of programming brought to you by…YOU! Will you do your part and make a gift in support of #yourklru, June 1st – 5th at klru.org?

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POV preview screenings this summer

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KLRU, Austin Film Festival and the Bullock Texas State History Museum present preview screenings and discussions of three POV films scheduled to air later this year on KLRU. Art and Craft on June 10th, Web Junkie on July 7th and Point and Shoot on August 10th. The screenings are free, but an RSVP is required. Be sure to RSVP for each film you would like to attend.

Art and Craft
Wednesday, June 10th
7:00pm Texas Spirit Theater at The Bullock Museum
The screening is free but an RSVP is required RSVP now
Mark Landis is one of the most prolific art forgers of the modern era—and he isn’t in it for the money. In the last 30 years he’s copied hundreds of pieces, from 15th-century icons to works by Picasso and even Dr. Seuss, then donated them to museums across the country. When a tenacious registrar discovers the ruse, Landis must confront his legacy and a chorus of duped professionals intent on stopping him. But Landis is a diagnosed schizophrenic, driven since his teens to escape “the life of a mental patient,” and ending the con isn’t so simple. A cat-and-mouse caper told with humor and compassion, Art and Craft uncovers the universal in one man’s search for connection and respect. Official Selection of the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival and International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam. Named a Top 5 Documentary by the National Board of Review. Produced in association with American Documentary | POV. Directed by Sam Cullman and Jennifer Grausman; co-directed by Mark Becker

Web Junkie
Tuesday, July 7th
7:00pm Texas Spirit Theater at The Bullock Museum
The screening is free but an RSVP is required RSVP now
Internet addiction has been declared a national health crisis in China, the first country in the world to classify this evolving diagnosis. Web Junkie follows the treatment of three Chinese teenagers, obsessive gamers whose preference for the virtual world over the real one is summed up in one jarring statement: “Reality is too fake.” Israeli filmmakers Shosh Shlam and Hilla Medalia gained extraordinary access to a three-month military-style rehab program in Beijing, illuminating a process that, while stern, may help set a standard as the wider world comes to grips with the devastating consequences of excessive Internet use. Official Selection of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Web Junkie by Shosh Shlam and Hilla Medalia

Point and Shoot
Monday, August 10th
7:00pm Texas Spirit Theater at The Bullock Museum
The screening is free but an RSVP is required RSVP now
POV has broadcast every feature documentary by two-time Oscar nominee Marshall Curry for 10 years, starting with 2005′s Street Fight. Point and Shoot is the fourth. It follows Matt VanDyke, a timid 27-year-old with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, who left home in Baltimore in 2006 and set off on a self-described “crash course in manhood”. He bought a motorcycle and a video camera and began a three-year, 35,000-mile motorcycle trip through Northern Africa and the Middle East. When revolution broke out in Libya, he joined in the fight against Muammar Gaddafi and spent six months in solitary confinement. A co-production of ITVS. Winner of the Best Documentary Feature award at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. Point and Shoot by Marshall Curry

Calling all Volunteers!

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Passionate about PBS? Inspire others to support quality public television in Central Texas and become a fundraiser for #yourklru. What is #yourklru? Well, it’s a 5 day online giving drive and KLRU has a goal to raise $50,000 is just 5 days. This is why we need your help and we have some pretty great incentives to sweeten the deal when you sign up to become a personal fundraiser!

How to Sign Up to be a #yourklru Fundraiser:

  1. Go to www.supportklru.org/register and enter your information where prompted.
  2. Set a fundraising goal and personalize your fundraising page with personal statement, photo, etc.
  3. Once that info is saved, navigate to the MY TOOLS tab – use those unique to you links as needed to share with friends and family. An email with additional information and resources will be sent.
  4. Start fundraising! See toolkit a fundraiser’s guide!

Remember to KEEP THE EMAIL you receive as confirmation for signing up—it contains the link to manage your personal fundraising profile!

Fundraiser Fun Facts:

  1. Fundraisers receive a confirmation email when a gift has been made on their fundraising page. The donor to their page receives a tax receipt when their gift has been processed.
  2. Fundraisers also have backend access to basic donor information on donors that have contributed on their page. This is important for personal thank you notes and tracking. KLRU also has access to all of that donation information and donor data as it relates to individual fundraiser pages.
  3. Fundraisers’ goal thermometer on their page will update in real time when actual transactions are being processed and run.

Incentives for our personal fundraisers:

  1. For the 1st of 3 to raise $1,000
    -Tickets ACL Taping – Courtney Barnett*
    * Thanked with a pair of passes to attend KLRU’s taping of Austin City Limits on Thurs. June 4th at 8pm.
    -Tickets Tedeschi Trucks Band with Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings and Doyle Bramhall II*
    * Thanked with a pair of tickets Sunday, July 12th at Austin360 Amphitheater at Circuit of The Americas
  2. For the 1st of 10 to raise $500*
    * Select one of the following, subject to availability, etc.
    -Signed copy of Amazon’s best selling Franklin Barbecue: A meat-smoking manifesto
    -UT Press books include: Boyhood, Homegrown and Viva Tequila
    -Austin City Limits: A History Book
  3. For the 1st of 15 to raise $300*
    * Select one of the following, subject to availability, sizes, etc.
    -KLRU T-shirts: Central Texas Gardener, KLRU-Q, Throwback KLRU
    -Austin City Limits T-shirt
    -Brisket is my Spirit Animal T-Shirt + Koozie
    -Roku
    -Vintage Austin City Limits poster featuring 2015 Hall of Fame performer Lyle Lovett. Fun Fact: This poster is from the very last ACL taping in Studio 6A on November 8, 2010.
  4. For the 1st of 20 to raise $100
    * Select one of the following, subject to availability, sizes, etc.
    -Newshour Mug
    -Dr Who Mug
    -Sesame Street Reusable Tote Bags: (one of) Big Bird, Grover, Elmo, Cookie Monster or Oscar the Grouch

THANK YOU for supporting #yourklru June giving week! You truly are essential to our community in helping us GIVE, ENGAGE, and INSPIRE.

Support for select fundraiser incentives comes from:

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Tedeschi Trucks Band with Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings and Doyle Bramhall II
Sunday, July 12th at Austin360 Amphitheater at Circuit of The Americas
Tickets are on sale now via ticketmaster.com, all ticketmaster outlets, or call 1.800.745.3000 to charge by phone.

Q Night at the Movies May 15

On Story at 7:30 pm
Terry George (writer/director Hotel Rwanda; writer In the Name of the Father) reflects on the art of fictionalizing fact and placing ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances as a storytelling vehicle. Followed by Dean Loxton’s short film, Under, about a train operator struggling to deal with a traumatic event and finding solace in an unsuspecting way.

Feature film Three Coins in a Fountain at 8 pm
Three single American women make wishes at Rome’s Fountain of Trevi. This film is followed by the documentary Dreams of Italy Tuscany

Ain’t It Cool with Harry Knowles 10:30 pm
Revered Writer/Director Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire/127 Hours/Trainspotting and Harry discuss auteurs. The theory that some filmmakers have so much personal influence and artistic control over a movie that they become regarded as the author of the movie is also explored as Harry chats with “Boiler” about the late William Wyler’s films.

Film School Shorts at 10:45 pm
The Karman Line (New York University) – Olivia Coleman (Broadchurch, The Iron Lady, Hot Fuzz) stars as a mother who is hit by an unusual condition that causes her to lift off the ground at a slow but ever increasing rate. Directed by Oscar Sharp.

Science Night May 20

Nature Sagebrush Sea, Wednesday at 7 pm, explores of the most overlooked ecosystems on the continent: a massive sea of sagebrush that stretches across 11 states in the American West.

NOVA Rise Of The Hackers, Wednesday at 8 pm, goes behind the scenes of the fast-paced world of cryptography to meet the scientists battling to keep our data safe. They are experts in extreme physics, math, and a new field called “ultra-paranoid computing,” all working to forge unbreakable codes and build ultra-fast computers.

Michael Palin’s epic voyages have seen him circumnavigate the globe, travel from the North to the South Pole and circle the countries of the Pacific Ocean, but perhaps the greatest challenge facing an intrepid explorer is crossing the vast and merciless Sahara Desert. Sahara With Michael Palin Dire Straits shows the explorer-adventurer at his very best, Wednesday at 9 pm.