Highlights Jan. 31 – Feb. 6

KLRU Highlights

Sunday at 7 p.m., Miss Baxter faces a dilemma on Downton Abbey Season 6 on Masterpiece Episode 4. Anna and Mary rush to London. Daisy continues to press her case. A former maid comes to lunch. Car talk is in the air.

Thomas makes Andy a generous offer on Downton Abbey Season 6 on Masterpiece Episode 5 at 8 p.m. Sunday. Spratt rescues Denker. A powerful politician comes to dinner. Robert upsets the family. Mary gets suspicious.

Dr. Foster confronts his family’s divided loyalties when his mother and wounded Confederate brother arrive on Mercy Street at 9 pm Sunday and 9 pm Thursday.

No More Babies investigates the history of Mexican-American women who were coercively sterilized at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center during the late 1960s and 1970s on Independent Lens at 9 pm Monday.

A wrap-up of the first state to cast votes in the 2016 presidential primary season on PBS Newshour at 10 pm Monday.

Discover how the ancestors of business mogul Richard Branson and architects Maya Lin and Frank Gehry took audacious risks to create opportunities, and how their luck, ingenuity and chutzpah was passed on to these three visionaries on Finding Your Roots at 7 pm Tuesday.

Based on the best-seller Destiny of the Republic, explore James Garfield’s unprecedented rise to power, his shooting by a madman and its bizarre and tragic aftermath on American Experience Death of a President at 8 pm Tuesday.

American Masters: Mike Nichols at 9 pm Tuesday showcases one of America’s great directors (The Graduate, Angels in America) with new interviews with Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks and more.

Nova at 8 pm Wednesday takes a dazzling dive to explore how and why so many of the ocean’s creatures light up-revealing a hidden undersea world where creatures flash, sparkle, shimmer or simply glow.

Mary Lynn Rajskub, a comedian and actress, talks about her career on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.

The best of Austin and British Invasion musicians perform in celebration of the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians on All ATX British Invasion at 7:30 pm Thursday. Performances include Eric Burdon & The Animals, The Zombies, Alejandro Escovedo, Ian McLagan, Ruthie Foster, and more.

Chet heads to the desert of Balmorhea to go swimming and SCUBA diving in a spring-fed pool on The Daytripper at 8:30 pm Thursday.

Andrea Bocelli joins Renee Fleming, 2015 Richard Tucker Award-winner Jamie Barton and a formidable array of opera superstars for this perennial high point of the opera season on Live from Lincoln Center at 8 pm Friday.

Grow gorgeous gardens with a lot less water and visit an urban contemporary makeover on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Savor the old-fashioned soul of Leon Bridges and Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.

Science Night 2/3

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This week, Science Night kicks off with an episode of Nature that highlights a family of Yunnan snub-nosed monkeys and their story of survival. Then, NOVA answers the question of why ocean creatures produce light. We end the night with Rise Of The Black Pharaohs, which tells the little known narrative of how Kush, a former subject state of Egypt around 800 BC, dethroned and conquered the powerful empire for roughly 100 years.

Nature Mystery Monkeys of Shangri-la at 7 p.m.
This is the true story of a family of Yunnan snub-nosed monkeys living in the highest forests in the world. The family is led by a formidable fighter and his fighting force who guard a troop of 8-10 families. The survival of this unique monkey society, formed in response to the hardships of the Himalayas, depends on strong defensive strategies and the cooperation and interdependence of them all.


NOVA Creatures Of Light at 8 p.m.
NOVA and National Geographic take a dazzling dive to explore how and why so many of the ocean’s creatures light up-revealing a hidden undersea world where creatures flash, sparkle, shimmer or simply glow.

Rise Of The Black Pharaohs  at 9 p.m.
Around 800 BC, Kush, a little-known subject state of Egypt, rose up and conquered Egypt, enthroned its own Pharaohs and ruled for nearly 100 years. This unlikely chapter of history has been buried by the Egyptians and was belittled by early archaeologists, who refused to believe that dark-skinned Africans could have risen so high. Now, in the heart of Sudan, archeologists are finding indisputable evidence of an advanced African society to rival the Egyptians’.

News Briefs: Final Days to Enroll in Obamacare, Supreme Court to Hear Immigration Case

Open enrollment in the Affordable Care Act’s marketplace closes January 31st. A number of Austin-area nonprofit groups are busy signing up as many people as possible before the deadline, especially people who are not native English speakers or who are low income.

The Center for Healthy Communities is one of those groups. Isabel Lopez spends her days crisscrossing Austin, dropping off information at elementary schools and doing Spanish-language presentations and TV interviews. Her goal is to reach an often under-served, and therefore often misinformed, community.

“Misconceptions are that everybody will be fined if they don’t have health insurance,” Lopez says. “The other thing is that it’s really expensive and I don’t think they understand how big the subsidy can be.”

She says there is also a lot of fear, especially from documented immigrants who may have family members who are undocumented.

“There is a lot of fear of deportation and because of the immigration status, but a lot of these families do qualify,” Lopez explains. “I think we need to do way more outreach to the hard to reach populations. Not only Spanish speaking, but we have a big population of Arab-speaking, Vietnamese, Burmese.”

To qualify for Obamacare you must be a U.S. citizen, or have legal status, such as legal residents or registered aliens.

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In Washington this week the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a challenge from Texas, and 25 other states, to President Obama’s 2014 executive order on immigration. The Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents, or DAPA, has been on hold for nearly a year after a Texas-based federal judge blocked the measure.

DAPA would allow more than four million undocumented immigrants to apply for a renewable work permit and avoid deportation. The case is expected to go before the court in April, with its decision issued in June. Our weekly Texas Political Roundup comes from Alana Rocha with our reporting partner The Texas Tribune.

Highlights January 24 to January 30

KLRU Highlights

Downton Abbey Season 6 on Masterpiece Episode 3, Sunday at 7 p.m., a wedding dress drama takes a disastrous turn. The breakfast battle is settled. A handsome volunteer helps Edith meet a deadline. The hospital debate gets nasty.

Sunday at 8 p.m., Miss Baxter faces a dilemma on Downton Abbey Season 6 on Masterpiece Episode 4. Anna and Mary rush to London. Daisy continues to press her case. A former maid comes to lunch. Car talk is in the air.

Confederate belle Emma nurses her wounded friend on Mercy Street The Haversack, Sunday at 9 p.m. Dr. Foster wrestles with his marriage and career as Mary tries to improve her patients’ lives with Samuel’s help. Aurelia submits to Silas’ advances in exchange for his help.

Sunday at 10 p.m., a famous rock ‘n’ roll singer comes to Ballarat to perform, and the town goes wild for him on Doctor Blake Mysteries The Food Of Love. But when the star dies in an alleyway outside the venue, it falls to Dr. Blake to investigate the mystifying circumstances, see past the murky intrigue of the singer’s life and find the truth. (via BBC One)

Travel to Antiques Roadshow Little Rock, Hour One and discover finds like an Olin Travis Ozark hilltop painting, a 1936 Lou Gehrig autograph and an English giltwood cabinet-on-stand, ca. 1730. Which one is appraised for $80,000 to $ 120,000? Monday at 7 p.m.

In Antiques Roadshow El Paso, Tx – Hour Two, Monday at 8 p.m., host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Chris Mitchell explore how the innovative “Mississippi” rifle dramatically changed the odds in the Mexican-American War, as well as the current market for this weapon.

Uncover a history of tragedies and triumphs in the families of three of America’s funniest men-Jimmy Kimmel, Norman Lear and Bill Hader-as they learn how comedy truly has its place in all aspects of life on Finding Your Roots Tragedy + Time = Comedy, Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Tuesday at 8 p.m., go inside the bitter battle to unionize coal miners at the dawn of the 20th century on Mine Wars: American Experience. The struggle over the power that fueled America led to the largest armed insurrection since the Civil War, and turned parts of West Virginia into a bloody war zone.

The final episode of the three-part Nature: Natural Born Hustlers: Sex, Lies & Dirty Tricks concludes Wednesday at 7 p.m. which explores sneaky mating techniques. It’s a tough world out there, so it’s not surprising that crafty animals turn to disguise, illusion, duplicity and mimicry to beat the odds and live another day. (via Thirteen)

Join scientists on NOVA Nepal Earthquake, Wednesday at 8 p.m., as they examine why this earthquake was so devastating, how the victims are rebuilding and whether another earthquake looms on the horizon.

Wednesday at 9 p.m., witness wonders created by the force that makes our planet unique-life itself on Earth’s Natural Wonders Living Wonders. In the Amazon, boys face fierce animals in a rite of passage and a Bangladeshi father and son brave killer bees and man-eating tigers to find honey.

Revel in the high-energy performance of the African singer/songwriter on Austin City Limits Angelique Kidjo, Wednesday at 10 p.m. The Grammy-winning Benin native and her four-piece band raise the roof with songs from her recent LP, Eve.

Overheard with Evan Smith Kim Gordon airs Thursday at 7 p.m. Kim Gordon is a founding member of Sonic Youth and author of the best-selling memoir Girl in a Band. In addition to being a musician and author, Gordon is a fashion designer, actress and artist.

Thursday at 8:30 p.m., Chet joins the “snowbirds” and heads to the Texas coast in the winter time to see some of the only remaining wild whooping cranes on The Daytripper Rockport-Fulton.

Mercy Street The Haversack airs again Thursday at 9 p.m.

When the Doctor arrives in Victorian London on Doctor Who Deep Breath, he finds a dinosaur rampant in the Thames and a spate of deadly spontaneous combusions. Who is the new Doctor and will Clara’s friendship survive as they embark on a terrifying mission into the heart of an alien conspiracy? Thursday at 10 p.m.

Meet one of America’s great directors (The Graduate, Angels in America) Friday at 8 p.m. on Mike Nichols: American Masters. Nichols discusses his life and 50-year artistic career, from comedy duo Nichols and May to Charlie Wilson’s War. See new interviews with Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks and more.

On Mary Tyler Moore: A Celebration, Friday at 9 p.m., view dozens of classic TV and movie clips and hear comments from Moore’s co-stars and Moore herself. Oprah Winfrey recounts Moore’s critical role in inspiring her – and millions of others – as TV’s first independent career woman.

Austin City Limits Angelique Kidjo airs again Friday at 10 p.m.

Relish the best in smart indie rock on Austin City Limits Sleater-Kinney/Heartless Bastards, Saturday at 7 p.m. Seattle veterans Sleater-Kinney rock tracks from their acclaimed LP No Cities to Love. Austin rockers Heartless Bastards showcase their latest LP, Restless Ones.

Downton Abbey Season 6 on Masterpiece Episode 4 airs again Saturday at 8 p.m.

On Father Brown The Judgement Of Man, Father Brown becomes embroiled in an audacious art heist masterminded by his adversary Flambeau, who intends to use the priest and his friends to help him settle an old score. Saturday at 9 p.m.

Louisa and Martin have their first therapy session together – though neither of them was expecting that they would be given homework on Doc Martin Education, Education, Education, Saturday at 10 p.m. Peter Cronk, now 15, approaches Louisa to ask if Martin will allow him to do work experience at the Surgery.

Outside the Box

Outside the Box, a collection of stories that profiles teens challenging gender stereotypes, is available to watch online now! The stories were made by the NewsHour Student Reporting Lab. This series introduces viewers to Shantell, the 16-year-old commanding officer of her high school’s JROTC program. We discover Zack’s passion for designing clothes, which ultimately lands the teen a spot on “Project Runway Junior.” And we get to know youth like Semra and D.J., who by exploring their identities challenge those around them to think #outsidethebox. Watch all the Outside the Box videos now

Two videos were produced by area schools as part of KLRU’s work with the Newshour Student Reporting Lab.

Fix all of it from Student Reporting Labs on Vimeo.

Produced by Luisa Garcia and Karen Lopez, students at Manor High School in Manor, Texas.

What’s it like to be a female mechanic? Sofia Rodriguez is an 18-year-old Texas native who currently works at both Jiffy Lube and Dynamic Motor Repair. Working in a male-dominated field can be challenging however, Sofia says “bring it on.”

Gamemaker from Student Reporting Labs on Vimeo.

Produced by Patrick Cadet, Isaiah Cavanaugh, Andrew Duncan, Alyssa San Miguel, Ashley Tamez, students at Pflugerville High School in Pflugerville, Texas.

Despite what many people assume because of her gender, Jazsmin Burton enjoys coding and wants to study game design in college so she can develop games herself.

Science Night 1/27

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Join us this week for a comprehensive Science Night. Nature concludes its Natural Born Hustlers series with an episode about sneaky mating techniques, followed by a NOVA about the Nepal earthquake in April 2015. Finish the night with Earth’s Natural Wonders.

Nature Natural Born Hustlers: Sex, Lies & Dirty Tricks at 7 p.m.

The final episode of the three-part Natural Born Hustlers series concludes with Sex, Lies & Dirty Tricks, which explores sneaky mating techniques. The final hour exposes the dark ways brood parasites avoid parental duties, and how their chicks go even further to get the full attention of their foster parents. It’s a tough world out there, so it’s not surprising that crafty animals turn to disguise, illusion, duplicity and mimicry to beat the odds and live another day. (via Thirteen)

NOVA Nepal Earthquake at 8 p.m.

Dramatic eyewitness footage reveals the shocking quake that rocked Nepal in April 2015. Join scientists as they examine why this earthquake was so devastating, how the victims are rebuilding and whether another earthquake looms on the horizon.

Earth’s Natural Wonders Living Wonders at 9 p.m.

Witness wonders created by the force that makes our planet unique-life itself. In the Amazon, boys face fierce animals in a rite of passage and a Bangladeshi father and son brave killer bees and man-eating tigers to find honey.

Calling All Chefs: Create Your Video for the 
Create Cooking Challenge

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Starting today, professional chefs and home cooks who think their cooking warrants national attention may begin plotting production strategies for a short video submission for the Create Cooking Challenge: a national contest for individuals interested in winning their own web series on CreateTV.com. The official rules and a sample of the submission form are now available at CreateTV.com/challenge to help entrants start work on their video.

The Create Cooking Challenge runs February 8 – 29, 2016. To participate, entrants must submit online a short (two minutes or less) video featuring their best culinary project, recipe, or tip. Open to home cooks and professional chefs, this contest will be judged by Create staff and an esteemed panel of public television chefs: Chris Kimball (America’s Test Kitchen and Cook’s Country), Pati Jinich (Pati’s Mexican Table), Jacques  Pépin (Jacques Pépin Heart & Soul), Sara Moulton (Sara’s Weeknight Meals), and Chef Irie (Taste the Islands with Chef Irie).

Winners will be announced on or about April 13, 2016. Prizes range from Create merchandise to $1,000 to finance a 10-episode web series on CreateTV.com. The contest is open to entrants 18 years and older.

Those who want to enter the Create Cooking Challenge can find official contest rules at CreateTV.com/challenge.

Create is public television’s premier lifestyle channel featuring well known TV chefs. The national channel is seen locally on nearly 230 PTV stations representing more than 80% of U.S. TV households. Create reaches 46 million viewers who enjoy cooking, travel, home improvement, gardening and arts & crafts programs.

The 2016 Big Deal Winner

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For our 4th Annual Big Deal raffle, we had close to 1,000 entrants. But, as you know, there can only be one winner. We want to say congratulations to our 2016 Big Deal winner Catherine Paganucci of Austin, Texas!

Thank you to everyone who purchased raffle tickets for KLRU’s 2016 Big Deal. You helped to raise $22,925. 100% of the proceeds from the Big Deal raffle purchases go directly to KLRU and support local public broadcasting and production of local content.

Thank you all so much for your generosity, and we hope you’ll participate in the raffle next holiday season.

American Graduate Champion: Sarah Shaney

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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.

2015_sarah_shaney_photo1Today’s Champion is Sarah Shaney! Sarah works as a CIS Program Manager at Eastside Memorial High School. Her nomination letter from the community said, “Sarah is an American Graduate Champion because she does whatever it takes to help her students, from providing basic needs assistance and individual and group sessions, to success coaching to help her students stay on track with their academic goals. Sarah’s work demonstrates that meeting students where they are, taking the time to listen and understand, and tailoring the support offered to the unique circumstances of the student really can keep students from dropping out, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.”

The Communities In Schools program at Eastside Memorial is managed by Sarah and serves 115 students. During her first year at Eastside Memorial, Sarah implemented a success coaching program at Eastside. Eighty students on Sarah’s 2014-15 caseload received success coaching three times during the school year. Volunteers met individually with students under Sarah’s direction, working with students to talk about GPAs, grades, college and career plans, and to check on progress toward meeting their goals. Sarah helps to provide students on campus with new ways to cope with stress including round-table discussion groups and a peer-to-peer mental health educator program. Sarah believes in advocating for her students both on campus and in the community. During the Texas Legislative Session earlier this year, Sarah and a group of CIS students visited the capital to talk directly to representatives about the realities of student life and the importance of CIS services. It was a great opportunity for students to be part of the conversation and Sarah really shined talking passionately about her students and her work. At a campus visit to Eastside in the spring of 2015, one of the students Sarah works with told CIS that he was planning to drop out of school because he struggled to juggle two jobs and school but that Sarah had helped him rearrange his schedule and set goals so he could stay enrolled. He said that thanks to Sarah, he would not only graduate from high school but that he also planned to apply to college next year.

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: Mandy Stalcup

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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.

mandy_stalcup_crockett_hsToday’s Champion is Mandy Stalcup!  As a Communities In Schools Program Manager at Crockett High School, Stalcup provides a range of programming to support students on the campus including working with students individually, in groups, college & career exploration, with basic needs and more. Her nomination letter said, “The time Mandy spends helping her students stay focused on grades and attendance and with college and scholarship applications makes a huge difference in keeping them motivated and on track. Students are empowered when they are given support and encouragement from a caring adult.”

One example provided of how Mandy’s work empowers students to stay in school and achieve in life is how she helped a student named Keyanna. Keyanna graduated from Crockett High School in June 2015 and she credits Mandy with helping her stay focused on keeping her grades up and also with providing assistance as she navigated scholarship and financial aid applications. All the effort Keyanna and Mandy put in paid off. Keyanna graduated with a 3.6 GPA, she was accepted to five universities, and she received several scholarships. “I don’t know where I’d be today without Mandy,” she said. Despite living all the way across town for long periods during high school, Keyanna was never late and didn’t let the obstacles she faced keep her from succeeding in school. Mandy helped her get bus passes and provided ongoing support and encouragement, reminding Keyanna of her goals and what she needed to do to stay on track. This fall, Keyanna started her college career at the University of Texas and she will be the first in her family to attend a four-year university. Mandy has kept in touch with Keyanna since graduation and continues to cheer her on.

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.