Gross Science: Our picks from PBS Digital Studios

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Science is filled with stories; some of them beautiful and some of them are gross. This week’s picks from PBS Digital Studios’Gross Science‘ explore the side of science that you don’t hear in science class!

What Lives In Cheese? – Gross Science

Yes, we know you love cheese but what makes it so delicious? It’s the bacteria, fungi, mites and maggots living in it, of course! So think twice next time you order that plate of ravioli.

Beer Made From Insects: A Gross Vlog – Gross Science 

Did you know your favorite beer is actually made from insects? Scientists are making beer out of yeasts that live on bugs. Yup, you read that correctly.

You Have Mites Living On Your Face – Gross Science

Scratch everything your dermatologist told you about cleansing your face because, right now, there are tiny mites eating, laying eggs, dying and leaking feces on your face.

Texas Tribune wins Murrow Award for God and Governing

The Texas Tribune has won a national Edward R. Murrow Award for the video news series God and Governing from the Radio Television Digital News Association. Read more about the award and project from Tribune editor-in-chief Emily Ramshow on the the tribune’s website.

You can watch the program on KLRU Thursday, June 23rd at 7:30 pm or Tuesday, June 28th at 10:30 pm. You can also watch online anytime!

Arts In Context Shorts: Fire and Dance

Prakash Mohandas, founder of Agni The Dance Company, has set his mark in Austin by opening the first Bollywood dance studio in the area. Founded in 2007, Agni consists of professional performers, aspiring artists, instructors, production assistants and a management team united by a common love of the performing arts and creative expression.

FIRE AND DANCE 2“Choreography doesn’t come from thin air,” Mohandas said. “For me, (the song) has to inspire me for me to want to choreograph it. When I get into that space, it’s a very spiritual experience.”

One of Agni’s primary goals is to provide quality Indian, performing arts education in various locations in Austin and Round Rock areas through classes conducted by experienced and renowned instructors.

“Austin is fantastic for eclectic audiences,” he said. “I think it’s one of the cities that I’ve seen that is so welcoming to new kinds of art forms and a new kinds of dance.”

NEXT Nights: Music 7/6

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To celebrate the newest music venue KLRU will be hosting a night all about music. Join us for our July NEXT Night on the 6 at 6:30 pm, 3Ten at ACL Live. This event is free for KLRU Next members and $15 for non-members. Purchase your tickets now

We’ll kick off the party screening your favorite Austin City Limits episode! Then, we close out the night with a performance by Star Parks.

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The first 75 guests to arrive will also receive a special Austin City Limits themed gift bag!

KLRU NEXT Nights: Music is supported by The Guild.

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KLRU NEXT members receive two complimentary tickets to all NEXT Night events. To join KLRU NEXT email klrunext@klru.org

 

 

 

Arts In Context Shorts: Stitched Together

While traveling across Europe, Mychal Mitchell thought she would be inspired by the architecture of the cities she visited but after having her journal stolen in a train station she soon discovered a bookbinding studio in Venice and fell in love with the old-world-style of handmade leather journals.

Handtorn paper“I discovered bookbinding kind of my accident,” Mitchell said. “About a week later, I was kind of flirting with this very handsome street artist and he ended up taking me to his friend’s little bookbinding studio and I ended up being blown away by what he was doing.”
Now, more than 20 years later, Mitchell continues to use the techniques she learned on her European trip and shares her beautiful handcrafted journals and photo albums with others in her East Austin Studio.

Cutting leather“It’s really inspiring to see the way that people use them,” she said. “Especially when people bring them back to me and they are all filled up…they’re gorgeous.”

 

 

Highlights June 19-25

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This comedic series, Vicious, tells the story of aging partners Freddie (Ian McKellen) and Stuart (Derek Jacobi), two men who have lived together in their Covent Garden flat for nearly 50 years. Now that their careers are over, their lives consist of entertaining their frequent guests, making sure their dog stays alive and hurling caustic insults at each other. Watch at 7 pm Sunday.

At 8 pm Sunday, don’t miss a fair turn sinister after a brutal murder is committed on Endeavor Season 3 On MasterpieceRide.” However, a suspended Morse begins a convert investigation as the body turns up on his doorstep.

Tune in at 10 pm Sunday, as the body of a woman is discovered on the borderline between Britain and France inside the Channel Tunnel. On this episode of Tunnel, follow this complex cross-Channel investigation as they discover that this was no ordinary murder.

On Monday, go inside the continuous issue of abortions rights on this episode of Independent LensTrapped.” Staring at 9 pm, follow the story of healthcare providers and others in Texas, Mississippi and Alabama who fighting against controversial new TRAP laws that are closing clinics.

On this special of Eyes On The Prize: Then And Now, re-examine the groundbreaking series from the filmmakers’ perspective and the viewpoint of civil rights activists. At 10:30  pm Monday, explore how far we’ve come, how far we have to go, the meaning of the ongoing struggle and next steps towards equality.

Join genealogists at 7 pm on Tuesday at the Providence Public Library to research stories on Holocaust survivors. Also on Genealogy Roadshow, a guest’s African-American relative who served in WWI; a man’s Amish ties; a woman’s roots in the whaling industry; and a Rhode Island macaroni company.

Next at 8 pm Tuesday, uncover the first draft of Western civilization on GreeksCavemen To Kings.”

Follow renowned New Yorker writer and Boston surgeon Atul Gawande on Frontline Being Mortal” as he explores the relationships doctors have with patients who are nearing the end of life. Join the investigation at 9 pm Tuesday, view the practice of caring for the dying and see how doctors are often remarkably untrained, ill-suited and uncomfortable talking about chronic illness and death with their patients.

After his mentally ill mother is released from prison, Arvind, a 16-year-old boy in Austin, Texas writes and produces a play from his mother’s perspective. When his relationship with the actress who plays his mother on stage deepens, he changes his perception of who he thought his father was and the preconceptions of who he thought his mother was. Watch at 10:30 pm. Tuesday.

The Great Polar Bear Feast is the astonishing story of an annual natural phenomenon that occurs in early September on the north slope of the Arctic. Scientist Todd Atwood has estimated that there has been a 40% decline in the polar bears around the South Beaufort Sea since 2006. Join Atwood on Wednesday at 7 pm as he tries determines what causes this extraordinary decline.

Next on NOVANazi Attack on America” at 8 pm Wednesday a sunken German U-boat off the coast of New Orleans tells the story of Operation Drumbeat.

On Nazi Mega Weapons at 9 pm Wednesday Germany crushes its enemies in a series of offensives coined “Blitzkrieg” or “Lightning War.” Stuka bombers blast a path though enemy lines, then Panzer divisions cut through defenses. Together they’re unstoppable.

Tune in on Wednesday and Friday at 10 pm for an encore viewing of Austin City Limits with Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. The Australian group perform songs from their 30-year career and their latest, Push the Sky Away.

Colin Jost sits down on Overheard with Evan Smith on Thursday at 7 pm. Jost is co‐anchor of SNL’s “Weekend Update.” He was previously co‐head writer and a staff writer at SNL. Colin has won three Writers Guild Awards, a Peabody Award and has been nominated for multiple Emmy Awards for his SNL writing. He also writes occasionally for The New Yorker.

At 7:30 pm Thursday, God & Governing explores the role Texas lawmakers’ personal religious beliefs increasingly play in their legislative decision-making.

For years, Eastside Memorial High School has been plagued by failing test scores and negative headlines. An Eastside Education spends one semester at one of Austin’s lowest-income schools, as teachers, parents, administrators, and students fight to meet state accountability standards or watch their school be closed. Tune in at 8 pm Thursday.

Chet heads to one of Texas’s largest cities to explore its amazing missions not called “The Alamo” and to explore the artistic and German area known as Southtown. Watch on The Daytripper at 8:30 pm Thursday.

Jimi Hendrix: American Masters at 8 pm Friday unveils previously unseen performance footage – such as the 1968 Miami Pop Festival -and home movies while sourcing an extensive archive of photographs, drawings, family letters and more to provide new insight into the musician’s personality and genius with interviews with Hendrix himself, commentary from well-known friends and musicians including Paul McCartney, Noel Redding, Mitch Mitchell, Billy Cox, Eddie Kramer, Steve Winwood, as well as revealing glimpses into Jimi from those closest to him.

Find out what really kills plants in summer on June 25 episode of Central Texas Gardener airing at noon.

The best contemporary rock hits the Austin City Limits stage with The Black Keys and J. Roddy Walston & The Business Saturday at 7 pm. The Black Keys play hits from their #1 album Turn Blue, while Walston and his trio highlight their record Essential Tremors.

Eyes On The Prize

Many of us are familiar with civil rights leaders such as Rose Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Many of us are familiar with “Freedom Riders” and the March on Washington.  Yet, there are many other events and individuals that have been captured in the Eyes on the Prize series. And here is an exceptional way to become familiar with many more of the participants and events that defined the civil rights movement.

KLRU will rebroadcast the Eyes on the Prize series starting on Juneteenth 2016. This landmark series will be presented to a new generation of viewers and encourage informed dialogue on today’s civil rights issues. KLRU will air the entire 14-part series along with the half-hour special Eyes on the Prize: Then and Now.

Eyes on the Prize premiered in 1987. This groundbreaking series will return in June 19, 2016. Series 1 and Series 2 will be presented over three Sundays starting at 1:00 pm on KLRU-Austin PBS.

Sunday, June 19
1 pm        Juneteenth Jamboree 2016
1:30 pm   Eyes on the Prize: Then and Now
2-6 pm     Eyes on the Prize episodes 101 102 103 104
6 pm        Eyes on the Prize: Then and Now

Sunday, June 26:
1-3 pm     Eyes on the Prize episodes 105 106
3-6 pm     Eyes on the Prize episodes 201 202 203

Sunday, July 3
1-6 pm     Eyes on the Prize episodes 204 205 206 207 208

The half-hour special, Eyes on the Prize: Then and Now, will re-examine this groundbreaking series from the filmmakers’ perspective and the viewpoint of civil rights activists. The special explores how far we’ve come, how far we have to go, the meaning of the ongoing struggle and next steps towards equality.

Paul Stekler, Chair of Radio-Television-Film at the University of Texas at Austin was the co-producer/director of two of the segments featured on Eyes on the Prize programs #204 and #207. He is also featured in Eyes on the Prize: Then and Now.

Originally produced by Backside, Eyes on the Prize remains the definitive documentary series exploring the civil rights movement. It portrays the story of ordinary people who took extraordinary measures to create a social movement. The television series is one of the most critically acclaimed documentaries on civil rights in America. Eyes on the Prize has won six Emmy Awards and numerous other awards including the top DuPont-Columbia Award for excellence in broadcast journalism.

Through contemporary interviews and historical footage, Eyes on the Prize traces the civil rights movement from the Montgomery bus boycott to the Voting Rights Act; from early acts of individual courage to the mass demonstrations. Julian Bond, political leader and civil rights activist narrates the series.

New PBS Kids “Measure Up” app

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School’s out for summer and that means endless days at the pool, but with the new PBS KIDS’ education phone application children won’t be falling behind anytime soon.

Thursday June 16, PBS KIDS debuted ‘Measure Up!,’ a free app that is designed to help children build math skills and encourage parents to support their learning. Primarily designed for 3 to 5-year-olds, the app builds on measurement skills that feature games, videos and activities from popular PBS KIDS’ series. In addition, parents and caregivers will be able to track progress and find activities through a companion app with tools.
“Given the overwhelming number of apps available, it’s often difficult for parents to find great educational content for their kids,” said Sara DeWitt, Vice President, PBS KIDS Digital. “’PBS KIDS Measure Up!’ not only helps build math skills in a fun learning environment, it also lets parents track the skills in which their kids excel, and the skills where they may need more practice.”

In PBS KIDS Measure Up!, children can visit a world with characters from PBS KIDS’ series DINOSAUR TRAIN, PEG + CAT and SID THE SCIENCE KID. There, they explore concepts of length, width, capacity and weight while collecting rewards through each game or activity. The app thoughtfully sequences different types of media to ensure kids will build math skills. According to PBS KIDS, each game, video and activity has be rigorously tested to ensure a positive learning experience for children.

Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s senior vice president for education and children’s content Debra Sanchez says, “This innovative new app demonstrates public media’s ability to engage children through free, high-quality educational programming across all platforms.”

Bringing parents into the learning adventure, ‘PBS KIDS Measure Up!’ connects with a free companion app for adults: the PBS KIDS Super Vision App for parents. PBS KIDS Super Vision provides parents and caregivers with updates on their kids’ progress throughout the Measure Up! app and shares information and recommendations, suggesting related activities that they can do with their children to build on the skills they are developing. Through these features, parents and caregivers can engage in, better understand and guide their children’s learning.

 

Science Night 6/22

Travel to the Arctic to witness a phenomenon and delve into the history of World War II with KLRU on Science Night!

Great Polar Bear Feastairs at 7 pm

Every year in early September, a natural phenomenon takes place on the south slope of the Arctic. Each year, about 80 polar bears gather on the frozen shores, near the village of Kaktovik, to feast upon the hunter-harvested bowhead whale remains. This film will center on the scientists and wildlife photographers that flock to this small village each year to understand the polar bears and their unusual behavior.

NOVANazi Attack on America‘ – airs at 8 pm 

A sunken German U-boat off the coast of New Orleans tells the story of Operation Drumbeat.

Hitler’s Killer SubsNazi Mega Weapons‘ – airs at 9 pm 

At the beginning of WWII, Germany took victory over many of its enemies in a series of offensives coined “Blitzkrieg” or “Lightning War.” Stuka bombers blast a path though enemy lines, then Panzer divisions cut through defenses. Together they’re unstoppable.

Here’s an Idea: Our picks from PBS Digital Studios

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Examine the connections between pop culture, technology and art on this week’s picks from PBS Digital Studios’ Idea Channel.’

Why Are You Ignoring My iMessages?? – Idea Channel

Why are you ignoring my messages? Are read receipts amazing or infuriating? When you check iMessage on your iPhone, iWatch, iMac, iPad and you see a little note that says your friend saw your message, but they aren’t responding. Why are you ignoring my texts?  Also, what’s up with those people with green bubbles? Aren’t they the worst? Join Mike this week on Idea Channel as he takes a deep dive into read receipts and iMessage!

Can You Speak Emoji? – Idea Channel 

Since the popularity of emojis having risen in the past decade, many of these symbols have taken on lives of their own. Which is understandable since no one can get through a text message conversation without using at least one emoji. So does that mean these symbols qualify as a language?

The Vague Horror of Face Swap – Idea Channel 

Face Swapping isn’t new, but it sure is popular these days with things like the Face Swap Challenge, and apps like, FaceSwap Live, MSQRD, and of course, Snapchat. But have you ever noticed that there’s something…weird and horrific about the face swap? Perhaps it’s even an example of the Body Horror genre, especially when face swaps go wrong. Those glitchy face swaps you see on your friend’s story of them having a computer as a face may revealing something about the relationship between humans and computers. What does that say about the way computers see us?