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.

Arts In Context Shorts I Am Who I Am

This month, Arts In Context Shorts profiles a musician who is creating her own style. Gina Chavez is exactly who she is supposed to be.  This award-winning Austin musician uses her multi-ethnic roots to create her own sound. Influenced by the music she heard and the people she met while traveling through Central and South America, Chavez delves into cumbia, bossa nova, vintage pop, reggaeton and folk. Singing in both English and Spanish, her contagious love of life shines through in her unique fusion of musical styles.

KLRU News Brief: Adler, Martinez Debate Leadership Qualities

On Thursday Austin Mayoral runoff candidates Steve Adler and Mike Martinez recorded Civic Summit: Mayoral Runoff Conversation, an hour-long discussion about the leadership qualities each would employ if they are elected on December 16. Our Sunday News Brief includes excerpts from that debate. The entire debate is online and will air on KLRU on Friday, November 21 at 8pm.

A point of discussion in this election has been what the mayor’s role will be in wrangling discussion and debate among the ten new city council members.

“Whether you’re a district council member from east or west Austin, your issues are going to be the same,” explained Martinez.  ”As mayor, you find that common ground, and you build on that common ground.”

“We have one city here,” said Adler.  ”And we either move together as a whole city or none of us are going to be moving together.

You can watch the entire debate online here.

KLRU News Briefs air locally every Saturday and Sunday evening during PBS NewsHour Weekend. 

AISD Awards Belated Diplomas to War Veterans

It’s a graduation that’s been years in the making.  On Veterans Day, the Austin Independent School District awarded 11 veterans with diplomas from their respective high schools.  It’s a ceremony that AISD has held since 2002, offering veterans who did not finish high school and who served in any formally declared war or military engagement a chance to don the cap and gown.  For some, it’s a chance they’ve waited years to take.

“It’s something I’ve always wanted,” said Air Force veteran Doyle Hobbs.  ”It seemed like a gift from heaven.”

“I completed my G.E.D.,” recalled U.S. Military veteran Eugenio Gaona.  ”But I always wished I could get it converted so I could have a diploma from my hometown.  Now I’m happy. I have a high school diploma from my high school.”

Click here for more information on the AISD Diploma Award Ceremony and eligibility requirements.

KLRU News Briefs air locally every Saturday and Sunday evening during PBS NewsHour Weekend. 

 

Science Night November 19

Entertaining science only on KLRU every Wednesday evening starting at 7!

Starting the night off is a Nature special: A remarkable new story is unfolding in the Arctic, one that has never been told before. In the last few years, scientists have started noting an ever-growing number of killer whales in Arctic waters in the summer months. More and more have been attracted to these huge hunting grounds by the growing expanses of open water. And they are attacking exactly the same prey animals as the polar bears: seals, narwhal, belugas and bowhead whales.

On NOVA at 8 pm, in less than two minutes in March, a one-square-mile field of debris slammed into the Washington state community of Oso, killing 41 and destroying nearly 50 homes. Drawing on analysis of other recent landslides around the world, geologists are investigating what triggered the deadliest U.S. landslide in decades and whether climate change is increasing the risk of similar disasters around the globe.

On November 11, billions of kilometers from Earth, a spacecraft orbiter and lander will do what no other has dared to attempt: land on the volatile surface of a comet as it zooms around the sun at 67, 000 km/hr. If successful, it could help peer into our past and unlock secrets of our origins on To Catch a Comet at 9 pm.

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.

Highlights November 16-22

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Your favorites The Paradise, Season 2-Part 8, Worricker and DCI Banks air Sunday starting at 7 pm.

Two episodes of the Antiques Roadshow begin at 7 pm on Monday. They head to Miami Beach, Florida and Madison, Wisconsin.

Independent Lens Monday at 9 pm travels to Laya to visit Pyanki, a nine-year-old monk. They document Pyanki’s experiences when he receives electricity and television for the first time.

LaDonna Harries: Indian 101 Monday at 10 pm profiles Comanche political and social activist LaDonna Harris.

Finding Your Roots “Ancient Roots” Tuesday at 7 pm traces the family histories of three quintessential voices in American life.

Revisit one of the most bizarre episodes in the annals of modern history – the unprecedented barnstorming across America by Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev on Cold War Roadshow: American Experience Tuesday at 8 pm.

Frontline Tuesday at 9 pm and ProPublica investigate the relationship between Firestone and the infamous Liberian warlord Charles Taylor.

In the last few years, scientists have started noting an ever-growing number of killer whales in Arctic waters in the summer months. Nature  Invasion of the Killer Whales investigates Wednesday at 7 pm.

On NOVA  Killer Landslides Wednesday at 8 pm, geologists are investigating what triggered the deadliest U.S. landslide in decades and whether climate change is increasing the risk of similar disasters around the globe.

On November 11, billions of kilometers from Earth, a spacecraft orbiter and lander will do what no other has dared to attempt: land on the volatile surface of a comet as it zooms around the sun at 67, 000 km/hr on To Catch a Comet Wednesday at 9 pm.

Nicholas Kristof, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner and columnist for The New York Times, joins Evan Smith on Overheard Thursday at 7 pm.

Beginning at 7:30 pm on Thursday, runoff candidates for Austin City Council District 6, 7, 8 and 10 sit down for a conversation about leadership on Civic Summit.

Don’t miss this week’s news conversation on Washington Week and Moyers and Company Friday at 7 pm.

Runoff candidates for Austin Mayor sit down for a conversation about leadership on Civic Summit Friday at 8 pm.

One of musical theater’s biggest blockbusters, Cats, returns to Great Performances Friday at 9 pm for an encore presentation.

ACL Presents Saturday at 7 pm shows highlights from the 2014 Americana Music Festival, recorded in Nashville.

Agatha Christie’s-Poirot and Father Brown begin at 8 pm on Saturday.