Highlights October 19-25

KLRU Highlights

As usual, three of your favorite television series, The Paradise, Inspector Lewis and DCI Banks are airing Sunday evening starting at 7 pm.

Enjoy two hours of Antiques Roadshow beginning at 7 pm on Monday.

On Independent Lens Monday at 9 pm, two twin sisters, who were separated at birth, are still unmistakably and inextricably connected to each other.

Follow Tom Xia’s journey to find American identity amongst all the American media hype, Chinese nationalist propaganda and cultural misunderstandings on Xmas Without China Monday at 10 pm.

This week’s episode of Finding Your Roots Tuesday at 7 pm: three celebrity chefs who cook the food of their ancestors discover family members who have shaped their lives – and America’s cuisine. Featuring Tom Colicchio, Ming Tsai and Aaron Sanchez.

Makers  Women in War Tuesday at 8 pm looks at American women’s increasing participation in war–from Vietnam to present–as nurses, soldiers, journalists, diplomats and spies.

Frontline  Losing Iraq Tuesday at 9 pm examines the unfolding chaos in Iraq and how the U.S. is being pulled back into the conflict.

On Nature  A Murder of Crows Wednesday at 7 pm, crow experts from around the world sing their praises and present us with captivating new footage of crows as we have never seen them before.

NOVA  Ben Franklin’s Balloons Wednesday at 8 pm evokes the thrilling and daunting prospect that the balloon pioneers faced as they left Earth for the first time.

The link between the worlds of art, science, astronomy, disease prevention and global communication starts with the little-known maverick innovators of glass on How We Got to Now with Steven Johnson Wednesday at 9 pm.

Nine Inch Nails makes a rare television appearance, taking the Austin City Limits stage Wednesday and Friday at 10 pm in an hour-long performance of tracks from the latest album, Hesitation Marks.

Evan Smith interviews Ian McEwan, a critically acclaimed, highly distinguished author, Thursday at 7 pm on Overheard.

On Arts In Context Thursday at 7:30 pm, the Austin Film Society has set out to create the best little art house in Texas to help foster the next generation of film lovers.

Chet heads to Kemah and Port Lavaca, Texas on Daytripper Thursday at 8 pm and 8:30 pm.

Thinking Money: The Psychology Behind Our Best and Worst Financial Decisions Thursday at 9 pm leads viewers on an exploration of how and why people spend, save (or don’t), and think about money

Catchup on your news for the week Friday at 7 pm on Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and again at 7:30 pm on Moyers and Company.

Watch Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek To Cheek Live! Friday at 8 pm from the stage of Rose Theater at New York City’s Time Warner Center.

Can acts of engagement and exploration be works of art in themselves? Find out on Art in the Twenty-First Century Friday at 9 pm.

Wilco spin-off Tweedy performs live on Austin City Limits airing Saturday at 7 pm.

The television series Inspector Lewis and Father Brown begin at 8 pm on Saturday.

 

Science Night October 22

Crows do not have the best of reputations, but their image is about to take a real turn in Nature | A Murder of Crows Wednesday at 7 pm. New research has shown they are among the most intelligent animals in the world, able to use tools as only elephants and chimpanzees do, able to recognize each other’s voices and 250 distinct calls. They are very social, mate for life and raise their young for up to five years. And they are able to recognize individual humans and pick them out of a crowd up to two years later.

The first stage in the adventure of human flight began with daring inventors and aeronauts in 18th-century Paris, where a handful of brilliant and colorful pioneers developed all the essential features of today’s hot air and gas balloons. Their exploits fascinated Benjamin Franklin, who was serving in Paris as the American ambassador. To explore this burst of innovation, NOVA | Ben Franklin’s Balloons Wednesday at 8 pm recreates the thrilling and daunting prospect that the balloon pioneers faced as they left Earth for the first time.

On How We Got to Now with Steven Johnson Wednesday at 9 pm, Johnson considers how the invention of the mirror gave rise to the Renaissance, how glass lenses allow us to reveal worlds within worlds and how, deep beneath the ocean, glass is essential to communication. The link between the worlds of art, science, astronomy, disease prevention and global communication starts with the little-known maverick innovators of glass.

Q Night at the Movies October 18

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Join KLRU Q for Movie Night every Saturday at 7 pm. Hours of entertainment are guaranteed! Here’s what this Saturday looks like:

First at 7 pm, Arts In Context takes a look at the annual Fantastic Fest. Every year, the festival presents horror, fantasy, sci-fi, and action movies from around the world.

In On Story | Alien: Deconstructing a Sci-Fi Classic, an iconic example of its genre, Alien’s tension, pacing, and craftsmanship are deconstructed by veteran screenwriters John August and Ashley Miller. It’s accompanied by Jason Mann and Frieda Luk’s mystical short film, Delicacy, following a culinary connoisseur and his loyal chef as they dangerously navigate into the unknown with hopes to obtain a rare treat

That’s not all! KLRU Q is airing the feature film Seven Brides For Seven Brothers at 8! When an Oregon trapper (Howard Keel) decides to marry, his six rowdy brothers aim to follow suit, though not one has a sweetheart yet.

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 Premiere Party 10/28

Arts In Context is celebrating its fifth season, and we’re throwing a party! The premiere episode, Rebirth, features Austin’s experimental indie folk band Les RAV. Please join us for a screening followed by a Q&A with director Mario Troncoso and a special live performance by Les RAV. Enjoy beverages from Live Oak and sweet & savory treats from Cornucopia Popcorn Creations, too!

DATE: Tuesday, October 28th
TIME: 7 pm event starts (doors open at 6:30pm)
LOCATION: KLRU Studio 6A (map)
RSVP: The event is free, but an RSVP is required to attend. RSVP HERE

About the Episode: Rebirth
Born out of intense personal hardship, Les RAV – the classically-influenced experimental indie folk band – is the musical brainchild of Lauren Bruno, an ethereal, infinitely positive songwriter. Beyond the music, Bruno uses Les RAV to spread and foster a message of peace, connection, and understanding to anyone who will listen. Though diagnosed with ulcerative colitis early on in life, Bruno uses this often debilitating disease as motivation to spread her message of hope with even more fervor and intensity. Her haunting vocals and melodies reel listeners in but it’s her overwhelming sense of hopefulness and goodness that keeps them in.

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Stories of Service presents Makers: Women in War on Oct. 21

On Tuesday, October 21, from 8 pm to 9 pm, KLRU will be honoring American women and their increasing participation in war—from Vietnam to the present—as nurses, soldiers, journalists, diplomats and spies.

Makers: Women in War is a program that’s part of a national initiative called Stories of Service designed to increase dialogue and solutions as our nations veterans transition to civilian life.

Among those featured on Makers: Women in War are Linda Bray, the first woman to lead troops into battle, and Valerie Plame Wilson, whose career was sabotaged after she was “outed” as a high-level spy. Viewers hear from war correspondents Molly Moore, Clarissa Ward and Christiane Amanpour about life on the battlefield. The film shares the stories of military leaders who have broken through gender barriers, like General Angela Salinas, at her retirement the highest ranking woman serving in the USMC, and Vice Admiral Michelle Howard, the highest-ranking woman in the history of the U.S. Navy.

The PBS programs are part of a national, multi-platform initiative called Stories of Service and a community engagement campaign funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). The Stories of Service collection on PBS’ website includes rotating films and videos, encompassing both new and archival programs, resources for educators and students courtesy of PBS LearningMedia and resources for veterans.  More programming is planned for later this year including Craft In America “Service” (November 2014). The conversation will continue across social media using #ServiceStoriesPBS.

Makers is a program that depicts history of the modern women’s movement, featuring first-person accounts from movement leaders; opponents; celebrities; political figures; business leaders; and ordinary women.

In the Studio: Overheard tapings 10/25 & 10/26

Overheard taping announcement

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for two days of interviews during the Texas Book Festival. These events are free but an RSVP is required. One RSVP gets you access to all four tapings on October 25. You are welcome to come to only one, but please wait for the taping to finish before leaving or entering the studio. There is a separate RSVP for the taping on October 26. All tapings take place in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)

Saturday, October 25th – RSVP now
TIME: Tapings take place at noon, 1 pm, 2 pm and 3:15 pm.
GUESTS: Katha Pollitt, James Ellroy, Nicholas Kristof and Martin Amis

Sunday, October 26 – RSVP now
TIME: Taping begins at 10 am. (Doors open at 9:30 am.)
GUEST: Joyce Carol Oates


Katha Pollitt starts things off at noon on October 25:
Katha Pollitt is an award-winning author and columnist for The Nation. Her previous work of essays surrounding feminism, women’s rights, and politics have been compiled into several books including Reasonable Creatures: Essays on Women and Feminism and Virginity or Death!: And Other Social and Political Issues of Our Time. Her most recent book, Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights, discusses women’s reproductive rights. RSVP for this taping

 

James Ellroy immediately follows at 1 pm on October 25: 
James Ellory is an author known for his noir-style crime fiction, primarily set in Los Angeles. Some of his past works have been adapted into Hollywood successes, including the Academy Award-winning L.A. Confidential and The Black Dahlia. His latest novel, Perfidia, is set in Los Angeles during World War II, as Japanese internment camps begin forming. RSVP for this taping

 


Nicholas Kristof immediately follows at 2 pm on October 25:
Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner, Nicholas Kristof is a journalist, author and op-ed columnist forThe New York Times. His books, including the best-selling Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, have all been co-written with his wife Sheryl WuDunn and primarily focus on poverty, health, and human rights in the developing world. His most recent book, co-authored with his wife, A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity, will be adapted into a documentary coming to PBS in early 2015. RSVP for this taping

 


Martin Amis immediately follows at 3:15 pm on October 25: 
Martin Amis is a British novelist and non-fiction author. His most famous works includeMoney, Experience, and London Fields. And in 2008, the UK newspaper The Times named him one of the top 50 greatest British writers since 1945. His latest book, The Zone of Interest, a satire set in World War II, has attracted attention and controversy, especially in Europe. RSVP for this taping

 

 

Joyce Carol Oates ends the Texas Book Festival interviews at 10 am on October 26:
Joyce Carol Oates is one of the most distinguished and critically-acclaimed fiction writers in America. She is a recipient of the National Medal of Humanities, the National Book Critics Circle Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Book Award, and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction, and has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Her works of fiction include We Were the MulvaneysBlonde and The Accursed. Her latest collection of stories, Lovely, Dark, Deep: Stories, was published in September. RSVP for this taping 

Special Thanks to the Texas Book Festival

KLRU News Briefs: Last Minute Surge in Voter Registration & Ten Acre Organics’ Sustainable Aquaponics

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This Saturday during PBS NewsHour Weekend we profile Ten Acre Organics, a sustainable urban farm in East Austin.

Friends Lloyd Minick and Michael Hanan founded the farm back in 2012 with the goal of creating a sustainable approach to agriculture in an urban environment. Now they’ve created a business, using composting, two aquaponics systems and naturally-ventilated greenhouses.

“We sell baskets of groceries  and what we do is we try to sell ten of them in any week to neighbors and people that we work with, and then the food that’s produced in the aquaponics system mostly herbs and greens we sell to local restaurants,” Michael Hanan said.

You can find out more about Ten Acre Organics by watching an extended version of that story on the Central Texas Gardener blog.

On Sunday, we talk to Travis County officials to get a tally of how many people registered to vote before the midnight deadline on Monday, October 6th. Travis County Tax Registrar Bruce Elfant said they saw more people registering this year than in recent gubernatorial election cycles.

“It’s not like a presidential cycle but it’s higher than we typically see in a gubernatorial year,” Elfant said. “We had locations at every Thundercloud Subs throughout Travis County. People could also register at any tax office location, or pick up cards at libraries or post offices. We believe we received as many as 10,000 cards on Monday.”

We also spoke to some University of Texas students registering their classmates on campus.

KLRU News Briefs air every Saturday and Sunday evening during PBS NewsHour Weekend at 6:30pm. 

 

 

Science Night October 15

Alongside the fastest, strongest, smartest animals are nature’s misfits, odd, bizarre and unlikely creatures that at first glance seem ill-equipped for survival. Left at the starting line in the race for life, these are the apparent losers in the story of evolution, yet somehow they manage to cling to life and in some cases even thrive. Nature | Animal Misfits Wednesday at 7 pm reveals some surprising details about how evolution really works, demonstrating that all animals are remarkably well-adapted to their chosen way of life.

Dirty water has killed more humans than all the wars of history combined, but in the last 150 years, a series of radical ideas, extraordinary innovations have changed our world. On How We Got to Now with Steven Johnson | Clean Wednesday at 8 pm, it’s not only about the world becoming a cleaner place – the iPhone, the subway, flat screen TVs and even the bikini are the result of the valiant efforts of the unsung heroes of clean.

The world today is obsessed by time. On How We Got to Now with Steven Johnson | Time Wednesday at 9 pm, learn how advancements in navigation, the way we work, technology and travel would have been impossible without the unsung heroes of time.