Science Night 7/23

This Wednesday, learn something new on KLRU’s Science Night!

First, the series My Wild Affair tells the story of The Ape Who Went to College at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Chantek, the orangutan raised as a human child on an American university campus during the 70s and 80s, describes himself an “orangutan person.”

Then at 8 p.m., NOVA‘s special Australia: Life Explodes shows us how fossils revealed how life’s explosion in the ocean was recreated on dry land.

In Borneo, we learn more about monkeys: Sex in the Wild‘s episode on Orangutans. Watch as Mark and Joy uncover the latest scientific theories about how these kings exert their power over other males and seduce females in their territory at 9 p.m. Wednesday on KLRU.

Highlights 7/20-7/26

KLRU Highlights

Don’t forget to find out what we have in store for you this week on KLRU! Here are the highlights:

Sunday night, we have back-to-back all-new episodes of your favorites. Starting at 7 p.m., the reality drama Last Tango in Halifax shows the elderly newlyweds Celia and Alan holding another wedding ceremony, along with interfamilial disagreements. Then, the hit series Masterpiece Mystery! debuts the new episode Endeavour, Season 2: Neverland at 8 p.m. Watch as Morse investigates the cases of a missing boy, a dead journalist and an absconder from an open prison.

Next, watch more mystery solving on KLRU with an episode of Father Brown Sunday night at 9:30 on KLRU.

Monday night, catch back-to-back episodes of Antiques Roadshow on KLRU! First, a revisit to Salt Lake City checks out the antiques discovered on the show in 1999, plus many more, including Napoleonic prisoner-of-war pieces. Then, the show hits the road to Milwaukee to find more valuable treasures. Watch the Roadshow starting at 7 p.m. Monday!

Monday night then features a POV original documentary, Dance For Me at 9. A story about Denmark’s professional ballroom dancing culture, 15-year-old Russian performer Egor leaves home and family to team up with 14-year-old Mie, one of Denmark’s most promising young dancers.

In case you missed it, the new SXSW Flashback of 2014 airs Monday night at 10:30. Stars of the special include Nicolas Cage, Rosario Dawson, Mike Judge and more, only on KLRU!

80 years after his peak, people are still fascinated with the celebrity gangster Al Capone. The program Al Capone: Icon takes a closer look at the figure and his effect on American culture Tuesday night at 7 on KLRU.

Another mobster special premieres with the series History Detectives Special Investigations attempting to find out Who Killed Jimmy Hoffa? at 8 p.m. Tuesday. Hoffa, a hero to many working Americans, played a major role in the growth and development of the trucking union – then disappeared for good in July of 1975. Many mob conspiracies were investigated, but the former Teamsters president was never found. Check out the hunt through history on KLRU!

Then, an all-new Frontline, Poor Kids, airs at 9 on Tuesday night. At a time when one in five American kids lives below the poverty line, the story of three young girls is an intimate portrait of the economic crisis as it’s rarely seen, through the eyes of children.

The film Room to Breathe shows more intimate portrayals of underprivileged American children. The surprising story of the transformation of struggling kids in a San Francisco public middle school airs at 10 p.m. on Tuesday.

Wednesday night, KLRU features its weekly science night! First, My Wild Affair tells the story of The Ape Who Went to College at 7 p.m. Taught to speak in sign language, Chantek is now living among his own kind at Zoo Atlanta, although he describes himself as an “orangutan person.”

Next at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, NOVA‘s episode Australia: Life Explodes uses fossils to reveal how life’s explosion in the ocean was recreated on dry land.

There’s even more monkey business on KLRU science night on Sex in the Wild: Orangutans. Our close cousins are the largest tree dwellers, mating high in the jungle canopy. Learn about the art of reproduction in the wild at 9 p.m. Wednesday on KLRU.

Relax after these fascinating shows with Sarah Jarosz’s and The Milk Carton Kids’ Austin City Limits performances. Both acoustic talents, multi-instrumentalist Jarosz highlights her album Build Me Up From Bones; then, the Milk Carton Kids play folk songs from their LP The Ash & Clay.

The filmmaker Richard Linklater is a special guest on Overheard with Evan Smith Thursday night at 7. His newest film, Boyhood, was filmed over 12 years with the same cast and is already generating Oscar buzz. Check out the exclusive interview only on KLRU!

Another of our local programs, Arts In Context: transFIGURATION explores the very nature of authorship of art and the resultant cultural response. See how artists destroy their own portrait and recover or remake it Thursday night at 7:30.

Sarah Brightman’s new album Dreamchaser is inspired by the beauty and wonder of outer space, and her lifelong dream to travel there. She is due to become the first musician to travel to the International Space Station. The special premiere of Sarah Brightman: Dreamchaser in Concert follows the beginning of her journey with her performance outside of London, airing Thursday night at 8 p.m. on KLRU.

The new episode of the series Bletchley Circle airs at 9 p.m. Thursday! On Uncustomed Goods, Part 2, Millie’s abduction into a crime ring leaves her determined to help the victims of human trafficking she met.

Finally, wrap up your Thursday night with the episode The Hungry Earth of Doctor Who Series 5 at 10 p.m. on KLRU.

PBS’ acclaimed political discussion programs, Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and Moyers & Company, air at 7 and 7:30 respectively on Friday evening. Get caught up with the latest news from these broadcast journalism veterans and experts as they interview key figures and discuss controversial topics.

Watch as an all-star cast pays tribute to Tina Fey, the contemporary comedic icon. Tina Fey: The Mark Twain Prize dedicates a feature to the winner of the 13th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Don’t miss the hilarious special at 8 p.m. Friday on KLRU.

Saturday, Central Texas Gardener brings bromeliads to the garden to keep it drought-resistant. Also, a family picks intrigue over lawn on this week’s episode Structure Up With Bromeliads, airing at noon and 4 p.m. on KLRU.

Phoenix takes the stage on Austin City Limits Saturday night at 7. Watch as the French band performs their greatest hits!

The rest of KLRU’s Saturday night is filled with PBS’ hit mystery dramas. An episode of Father Brown airs at 8 p.m., followed by an episode of Masterpiece Mystery! at 8:50.

Don’t miss what’s new this week on KLRU!

Fisher v. University of Texas: Update

It’s been more than a year since the United States Supreme Court issued its ruling in Fisher v. University of Texas. If you’ve been following the story, you already know that ruling was a cliffhanger, more like the middle of a story than the end. Instead of announcing a final, unassailable decision, the Court made an unusual choice. The justices sent the case back to a lower court, ordering the 5th Circuit to take another look at the arguments and the facts.

On Tuesday afternoon, the 5th Circuit announced its decision, a 2-1 ruling that upholds the current system of admissionsat The University of Texas. That tells us how this chapter of the Fisher story ends. But we also know that the story continues – perhaps with a new appeal to the Supreme Court, and almost certainly with future lawsuits by other plaintiffs against other schools.

If you haven’t been following the case closely, here’s what you need to know.  In 2008, a young woman named Abigail Fisher brought a lawsuit challenging the use of race in undergraduate admissions at The University of Texas. At the time,Fisher v. University of Texas was the latest in a long line of cases examining the use of race in university admissions – in California, in Michigan, and nationwide. It was also the third major case looking at the role of race and admissions at UT. Fisher’s case moved quickly through the district court, then reached the 5th Circuit; both upheld the university’s admissions policies. Fisher appealed to the US Supreme Court, which took the case and heard oral arguments in the fall of 2012.

In May of last year, KLRU aired a documentary called Admissions on Trial: Seven Decades of Race and Higher Education, an award-winning project that was co-produced by Villita Media and directed by Lynn Boswell. Our goal was to provide clear and unbiased context for the Fisher case by exploring the history of race and admissions at The University of Texas, and by examining the debate about race in admissions nationwide. Less than a month after our initial broadcast, the Supreme Court announced its decision in Fisher. Remanding the case to a lower court sent a clear signal that Fisher was not yet over, and a strong message that this story is one that will remain important for a long time to come.

In the year since Admissions on Trial first ran, this story has continued to develop rapidly. The Supreme Court upheld Michigan’s ban on affirmative action at state universities, which had been passed by voters as a constitutional amendment. Edward Blum and the Project on Fair Representation – backers of Abigail Fisher’s suit – have begun seeking plaintiffs to challenge admissions at three more universities. And people across the nation have continued to talk about many of the hottest hot-button questions surrounding higher education, including defining equality of access, ensuring that students who enroll in college graduate, and figuring out how students who are accepted to college can afford to attend.

These questions impact a wide variety of people: applicants and admissions officers; students and their parents; activists and university administrators; employers and society as a whole. People with a wide range of opinions have told us they believe questions about the role of race in admissions matter so much simply because education matters so much – as a door to opportunity and a foundation for life-long success. Fairness, we have been told, is crucial. The difference comes because the definition of that fairness can vary so widely.

KLRU plans to examine this latest development in the Fisher case with an updated documentary – a look at recent events and an exploration of what’s likely to come next as the debate about race-conscious admissions evolves. The project will include a website and lesson plans to expand the project’s impact and reach. We hope you’ll join us as we continue our work on this important topic.

KLRU NewsBriefs: Two very different Austin museums mark milestones

collage1

This weekend during PBS NewsHour we have two different indoor activities you can check out: the Harry Ransom Center’s WWI exhibit and the South Austin Pop Culture Center.

On Saturday we peak inside SouthPop, a non-profit museum dedicated to preserving Austin’s music history and the art surrounding that industry. SouthPop’s director Leea Mechling told us this history is more important for residents to know than ever.

“This place is important to give context of Austin’s culture to people who have lived here for a long time and for people who have just moved here. The era of the ’60s and ’70s and ’80s was really a building time of Austin’s unique culture,” Mechling said.

SouthPop is celebrating 10 years this Summer. It is located on South Lamar and is open Thursday through Sunday 1 – 6pm.

Our Sunday story takes you inside the Harry Ransom Center on the University of Texas campus. To commemorate the centennial of the start of World War I, the museum is presenting The World at War: 1914-1918. Some might be surprised to hear about an historical exhibit at the Ransom Center, and curator Jean Cannon said that’s what makes their exhibit unique.

“We have great holdings for literature so a lot of the items that you’ll see in the gallery are diaries or letters and items that give a very personal moment of living between 1914 and 1918,” Cannon told us.

The exhibit runs through August 3. The Harry Ransom Center is free and open to the public.

KLRU NewsBriefs air locally during PBS NewsHour Weekend, Saturday and Sunday at 6:30pm. 

Q Night at the Movies! 7/12

KLRU Q - Night at the Movies

Check out what our movie night on KLRU Q has in store this Saturday, July 12th!

First, get fresh insight on programs with our review show Just Seen It. This week, TV shows are the subject of scrutiny, such as HBO’s The Leftovers, FX’s The Strain, and CBS’ Extant with Halle Berry. Join us for exclusive TV talk at 7 p.m. on KLRU!

Next, On Story takes us behind the scenes of new movies with teasers and a look into the making of films. This week’s episode Greaser’s Palace: A Conversation with Jonathan D joins filmmaking legends Paul Thomas Anderson and Jonathan Demme to pay tribute to Robert Downey Sr.’s cult classic Greaser’s Palace. Then, a look inside the short film Grandma’s Not a Toaster by Andrew Napier, all at 7:30 p.m. Saturday on KLRU.

Finally, the feature film begins: Hollywood Stars Film Package presents Fiddler on the Roof, the classic 1971 adaptation of the Broadway musical. Winning three Academy Awards, this musical comedy-drama brings Broadway to your TV screen.

Don’t miss the film insider shows starting at 7 p.m. and the feature film at 8 on KLRU Q’s Q Night at the Movies!

Science Night 7/16

Love elephants? How about Australia? If so, you’ll love this week’s Science Night on KLRU!

A baby elephant orphan named Aisha was rescued by a woman who developed a bond with Aisha just like mother and daughter. When the foster mother goes away for a wedding, Aisha is struck as abandoned and refuses to eat. My Wild Affair tells the heartbreaking story of The Elephant Who Found a Mom at 7 p.m. on KLRU’s Science Night.

A break from elephant programming is next at 8 with NOVA traveling back 4 billion years to discover the Earth’s earliest life in one of the planet’s most enchanting lands, Australia. Australia’s First 4 Billion Years: Awakening takes a deep look into the beautiful landscape to find where our species perhaps began. Watch the preview above!

Find out how the Earth’s largest land animal reproduces and carries mammals’ longest pregnancy. Details and footage of conception and birth of 200-pound calves are featured on Sex in the Wild: Elephants at 9 p.m. on KLRU’s Science Night!

Highlights 7/13-7/19

KLRU Highlights

Here’s what you can’t miss this week on KLRU!

Last Tango in Halifax, a series about a couple reunited after 60 years, continues season two on Sunday at 7 p.m. Watch the family dynamics of their grown children colliding and the revealing of a secret Celia has kept since she was 15 years old.

The brand new episode of Masterpiece Mystery!, Sway, airs at 8 p.m. on Sunday. Constable Endeavour Morse finds the third strangling victim of the month, putting the Oxford police in panic as he and Thursday work to narrow down suspects.

After the new Endeavour episode, our classic mystery dramas continue on Sunday night with Father Brown at 9:30 and Doc Martin at 10:15 p.m.

Monday, hit the road with Antiques Roadshow to see what hidden treasures are in Baltimore and Los Angeles. The back-to-back episodes feature an Edgar Allan Poe-inscribed book, a Titanic collection, and Disney animation art, starting at 7 p.m.

A very special POV documentary premieres Monday night at 9: Getting Back to Abnormal, co-directed by Austinite Paul Stekler, beautifully examines the nature of New Orleans’ politics and culture, centered around the complicated and ever-present issue of race. Over five years after the disaster of Hurricane Katrina, the fascinating rebuilt city struggles over the election of a city council member.

Following the POV premiere, Makarios: A Rising Tide  at 10:30 p.m. on Monday documents a preschool tucked away in a remote village in the Dominican Republic and its efforts to end the cycle of extreme poverty through education.

Time Scanners zooms in on the ancient desert city of Petra Tuesday at 7 p.m. Using 3D laser-scanning technology, Steve Burrows seeks to uncover the architectural secrets of the lost wonderland.

In 1885, eight women – two white and six black servants – were brutally murdered with an ax in Austin, Texas. Police rounded up suspects, then took to trial a white man who was eventually acquitted. The murders were forgotten, but not by our History Detectives Special Investigations team who attempts to solve the murder using special investigative techniques. Watch Texas Servant Girl Murders on KLRU at 8 p.m. on Tuesday.

PBS airs a new Frontline at 9 p.m. on Tuesday: Separate and Unequal tells the story of a white community in Baton Rouge, La. that attempts to create a new city and school district to avoid majority black schools. Also, this special updates the story of Omarina Cabrera, a student featured in the 2012 film Middle School Moment about a struggling student in the Bronx.

From a neglected individual with disabilities to a national hero, Friend Indeed: The Bill Sackter Story follows the man that changed America’s perception of people with disabilities forever. Watch the documentary at 10 on Tuesday night.

Get ready for a KLRU science night! Starting in the wild, My Wild Affair tells the story of an abandoned elephant taken in by Daphne Sheldrick, and the bond that eventually reaches a crisis. Watch The Elephant who Found a Mom on KLRU at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.

NOVA goes deep into the Earth’s isolated continent to show how Australia’s ancient landscape holds clues to the world’s early history and the beginning of life. Australia’s First 4 Billion Years airs at 8 p.m. on Wednesday.

Back to elephants: Sex in the Wild shows us just how the largest animal on land reproduces. The longest pregnancy in the animal kingdom and the birth of a 220-pound calf make elephants quite unique in the world of procreation. Watch the special on KLRU Wednesday night at 9.

Grammy award-winning Lucinda Williams is a special guest on Overheard with Evan Smith Thursday night at 7. Watch as they discuss her self-titled album’s re-release after 25 years along with a Q&A for the singer and more.

Arts in Context examines the just recently respected art of tattoos. Over the past three decades, the art has undergone drastic changes – check out A Moving Canvas Thursday at 7:30 p.m. only on KLRU.

Austin’s favorite South by Southwest is put in the spotlight by KLRU on SXSW Flashback 2014 Thursday night at 8. See the highlights of SXSW 2014, including Nicolas Cage, Rosario Dawson, Mike Judge, Spandau Ballet, America Ferrera, Diego Luna, and more. Famed felines Lil BUB and Grumpy Cat also appear!

Follow Chet to Johnson City on The Daytripper at 8:30 p.m. Thursday. The birthplace and hometown of President Lyndon B. Johnson, Chet visits his boyhood home and the National Historical Park, the “Texas White House.”

Don’t miss the new episode of Bletchley Circle on Thursday night at 9! In the episode Uncustomed Goods, Part 1, Millie escapes from her human trafficking abduction and decides to tip off Customs to intercept a shipment of contraband.

Doctor Who Season 5 airs its episode Amy’s Choice Thursday night at 10. Tune in to follow Doctor Who’s amazing adventures with Amy, whom he promised to take to the stars.

Get caught up on White House news on Friday night, starting with Washington Week with Gwen Ifill at 7 followed by Moyers & Company at 8. These broadcast journalism legends showcase their expertise with special interviews and insight to present, pressing political issues.

Everyone adores Ellen, proven by Degeneres’ award of The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Celebrate her hilarious success on the special Ellen Degeneres: The Mark Twain Prize on Friday at 8 p.m. on KLRU.

Austin City Limits features Randy Newman, the comical and influential singer songwriter. Watch the special performance with the multitalented artist on Friday night at 9:30 on KLRU.

Get answers to your top questions on summertime pond care on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. On tour, visit a backyard stream inspired by a garage sale find.

Austin City Limits showcases new acoustic music with Sarah Jarosz and The Milk Carton Kids Saturday night at 7.

The rest of our Saturday night is full of addicting dramas: first with crime-solving Father Brown and Masterpiece Mystery!, then with the chaotic world of Doc Martin. The priest solves his community’s mysteries with an episode at 8 p.m., followed by this week’s new episode of Endeavour, Season 2 on Masterpiece Mystery! at 9 p.m. Following, Doc Martin‘s episode Midwife Crisis airs at 10 p.m.

Intergalactic Nemesis: Episode 1

KLRU brings the popular live-action graphic novel Intergalactic Nemesis Book One: Target Earth to the web. This week we kick off the series, with ….

Episode 1: PROLOGUE
The year is 1933. Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Molly Sloan and her intrepid research assistant Timmy Mendez are caught up in a terrible blizzard while looking to meet up with their contact for a story they’ve uncovered about an international pelt smuggling ring.

Q Night at the Movies! 7/5

KLRU Q - Night at the Movies

This Saturday night, skip the theater and watch film reviews, a feature film and more with us on KLRU Q!

The night starts off at 6 p.m. with film reviews on Just Seen It. The program reviews the new films Earth to Echo, Deliver Us From Evil, the Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd comedy They Came Together, and the new documentary on film critic Roger Ebert, Life Itself. Find out which new films you want to watch on KLRU Q.

Next, listen to experts discuss a new form of film storytelling on On Story‘s Neo Noir: The Modern Day Film Noir. Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) and Brian Helgeland (LA Confidential) discuss the genre-bending response to the Film Noirs of the 1940s Saturday at 6:30 p.m. on KLRU Q.

Let the movies begin! At 7 p.m., the classic The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly hits the screen on KLRU Q. The Italian Western Spaghetti film starring Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Eli Wallach tells the story of a drifter, a bandit and a bounty hunter at a standoff over buried gold.

Next, a later night Hollywood Stars Film Package begins at 10 p.m. with the classic Bonnie and Clyde. Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway star as the criminal couple who escalate in crime and gain an archnemesis.

Catch the movie night on KLRU Q this Saturday! KLRU Q is broadcast channel 18.3. It is also available to digital cable subscribers of Grande on 284 and Time Warner on 20.