Emmylou Harris – “Red Dirt Girl”
ACL veteran Emmylou Harris has brought her beauty and grace to Austin City Limits eight times, first appearing in 1982. The lovely “Red Dirt Girl” comes from her 2001 album of the same name and was performed on her 2013 episode with Rodney Crowell.
The wait is over! KLRU-TV is pleased to announce that, after a nationwide search, Julie Hildebrand of Austin has been selected as one of the top 16 “Lead PBS Digital Innovators” as part of the Class of 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators.
As a Lead PBS Digital Innovator, Julie Hildebrand will work with a group of like-minded peers to develop strategies for delivering best practices in digital education that can be immediately applied to classrooms. They will serve as thought leaders within the larger group of 100 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators in paving the way in innovation and creative thinking over the course of the 2014-2015 school year by empowering their peers and sharing strategies around digital media integration; serving as PBS LearningMedia ambassadors that embraces life-long learning, collaboration, inclusion, and innovation; and making up a robust professional learning community that will foster new ways of thinking, while leading the way in digital media in the classroom. They will also receive exclusive professional development from PBS LearningMedia, including virtual training and resources that they will be able to bring home to their school and incorporate into curriculum, and attend the PBS LearningMedia Digital Summit this summer at PBS Headquarters in Washington, D.C.!
We could not be more proud to represent Julie Hildebrand and launch a year-long partnership to drive innovation in our local classrooms, as well as classrooms across the country. We look forward to sharing more information about how we will be celebrating this exciting achievement and for updates on Julie Hildebrand’s impact as a 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator. In the meantime, learn more about our rock star educator and the entire Class of 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators here: http://ow.ly/uXbhe!
Wednesday is Science Night on KLRU!
Nature Touching The Wild at 7 pm
Joe Hutto’s idea of research is anything but normal, dedicating seven years of his life to becoming a wild mule deer. The herd would ordinarily run from any human but, incredibly, these keenly intelligent animals come to regard this stranger as one of their own. Accepted by the matriarch, he walks among them, is even groomed by them, and can lie with a pregnant doe talking to its unborn fawns. As he crosses the species divide, Joe is tapping into a new understanding about these elusive animals, literally entering a deer society. The captivating joy he feels for his new family is nothing short of infectious, but this human predator also learns to see the world from the point of view of prey — and it’s an experience that will ultimately rock him to his very core; sharing their world so personally finally takes a toll that sends him back to his own kind.
NOVA Inside Animal Minds: Dogs & Super Senses at 8 pm
What would it be like to go inside the mind of an animal? We have all gazed into a creature’s eyes and wondered: what is it thinking about? What does it really know? Now, the revolutionary science of animal cognition is revealing hard evidence about how animals understand the world around them, uncovering their remarkable problem-solving abilities and exploring the complexity of their powers of communication and even their emotions. In this mini-series, NOVA explores these breakthroughs through three iconic creatures: dogs, birds and dolphins. We’ll travel into the spectacularly nuanced noses of dogs and wolves, and ask whether their reliance on different senses has shaped their evolution. We’ll see through the eyes of a starling in flight and test the tool-using skills of the smartest of birds, the crow. We’ll listen in as scientists track dolphins in the Caribbean and elephants on the African savannah, trying to unlock the secrets of animal communication. As we discover how researchers are pushing the animal mind to its limits, we’ll uncover surprising similarities to — and differences from — the human mind. What is it like to be a dog, a shark or a bird? This question is now getting serious attention from scientists who study animal senses. Humans rely on smell, sight, taste, touch and sound; other animals have super-powered versions of these senses, and a few have extra senses we don’t have at all. From a dog that seems to use smell to tell time to a dolphin that can “see” with its ears, discover how animals use their senses in ways we humans can barely imagine. But it’s not just the senses that are remarkable – it’s the brains that process them. NOVA goes into the minds of animals to “see” the world in an entirely new way.
Your Inner Fish Your Inner Reptile at 9 pm
A key moment in our evolutionary saga occurred 200 million years ago, when the ferocious reptile-like animals that roamed the Earth were in the process of evolving into shrew-like mammals. But our reptilian ancestors left their mark on many parts of the human body, including our skin, teeth and ears.
Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Noël Wells DATE: April 23
TIME: at 3:15pm (Doors open at 2:45pm.)
LOCATION: KLRU’s Studio 6A (map).
RSVP: The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP now
Noël Wells is a featured player on Saturday Night Live, her first season on the program. A native of San Antonio, Wells studied Radio-TV-Film at the University of Texas. While at UT she performed at Esther’s Follies, and she’s the first person from Austin’s flagship sketch show to make the leap to SNL. After graduating in 2010 she moved to Los Angeles and appeared in numerous online comedy videos. Her self-produced sketch videos have over 12 million views on YouTube. Wells is in Austin to perform at the Moontower Comedy Festival.
We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith continues a fourth season of great conversation with fascinating people, always on the news and always with a sense of humor. The show features in-depth interviews with a mix of guests from politics, the arts, literature, journalism, business, sports and more, and reaches PBS viewers from California to Florida. We’d love to see you in the studio for the interview, and for a chance to join the audience Q&A after the interview.
UK Artist Tim Wakefield creates stunning artworks by capturing the digital images of famous recordings and customizing them into finished pieces that represent his interpretation of the chosen song. These studio Soundwaves are literally the heartbeat of the song and are what sound engineers work with in the recording studio process.
Wakefield started using these techniques around five years ago as an idea to help raise funds for Nordoff Robbins, the UK charity that specialize in music therapy sessions as a treatment for sick children and adults. Musicians embraced the project and soon Wakefield’s portfolio included artwork that had been countersigned by the likes of Paul McCartney, Queen, Coldplay and George Michael.
“Over the past few years I have seen Austin’s significance in the world of music grow rapidly,” Wakefield said. “British music fans are very aware of the importance and long history Austin has in the World of music and I am very proud to have been asked to be a very small part of the show’s 40th.”
Wakefield has been a regular visitor to Austin over the last few years and will be spending much of his time working on a collection of work celebrating some of the standout performances over 40 years of Austin City Limits.
“I fell in love with Austin the first time I visited and have discovered a whole new side to music that I wasn’t aware of ten years ago,” he said. “It is something that people here have real knowledge and passion about , and the opportunity to see so much great live music keeps me coming back time and time again. “
KLRU Q explores the forgotten knowledge of our ancient past during April 10th, 17th, and 24th with the six-part series Alexander’s Lost World and the three-part series Divine Women. Tune In to KLRU-Q!
Alexander’s Lost World Explorations On An Ancient Sea at 8:00 pm
In search of the Alexander’s Lost World, Adams follows in the footsteps of the earliest Greek explorers, putting a new theory on Jason and the Argonauts to the test.
Alexander’s Lost World The Mother of All Cities at 8:45 pm
Crossing into Afghanistan in search of the lost city of Bactra, Adams uses the Ancient Greek accounts as a guide to try and locate Alexander’s fabled Central Asian Capital.
Divine Women When God Was A Girl at 9:35 pm
Historian Bettany Hughes goes back to the beginning of time and visits the world’s oldest religious site to find startling evidence that women were part of the very birth of organised religion. She visits a world where goddesses ruled the heavens and earth, and reveals why our ancestors thought of the divine as female. Travelling across the Mediterranean and the Near East, Bettany goes to remote places, where she encounters fearsome goddesses who controlled life and death, including the formidable goddesses Kybele and Gaia. And she ends up in modern-day India, where the goddess is still a powerful force for thousands of Hindus.
Divine Women Handmaids Of The Gods at 9:35 pm
In episode two Bettany Hughes uncovers the lost era of the priestess and visits Lesbos, home of the poet Sappho and, perhaps, the spiritual home of lesbianism. Bettany Hughes In this episode, Bettany travels to the island of Lesbos to discover the truth behind the much sensationalized poet Sappho. Best known today for giving us the words sapphic and lesbian, in her own time Sappho fulfilled the important role of a priestess, channeling the power of Aphrodite the goddess of sex.
Alexander’s Lost World The Land Of The Golden Fleece at 7:59 pm
In the waters of the Oxus River Adams discovers a surprising connection to Jason and the Argonauts – could they have possibly travelled this far from Greece?
Alexander’s Lost World Source Of Civilisation at 8:46 pm
To discover the origins of these people and their civilization that flowered long before Alexander’s arrival David enters one of the least visited places on earth.
Divine Women War Of The Words at 9:35 pm
In the last episode of Divine Women, Bettany Hughs looks at Theodora, the prostitute who became an empress and allied herself with Mary the Mother of God to rule over a great Christian empire. She also looks at the legacy of the wives of the prophet Mohammad: Khadija, the first convert to Islam and Aisha, whose words are still read by over two billion men and women today.
Tune into KLRU-Q Mondays at 8 pm for the new program, Death In Paradise.
Sent to the tiny island of Saint-Marie to solve a mysterious murder, Detective Inspector Richard Poole is a total fish out of water. A quintessentially British cop, he would much prefer the London drizzle and a freshly pressed shirt to blue seas, sparkling sands and gorgeous tropical weather. This warm, light-hearted detective series takes place against a stunning Caribbean island backdrop – as far away from the grey skies of London as you could possibly get. What Richard finds is a ramshackle station and a very different type of policing. The fact that there’s a goat in one of the cells says it all. He can’t get out of there fast enough, but there’s a job to do and he does it brilliantly. His reward – a permanent posting to the island, his own personal hell on Earth. He may be stuck there, but he’s not going to let his standards slip. He’ll bring British rigor to this relaxed Caribbean workplace. Always in a suit and tie, eschewing sandals for a stout brogue, he’s the very embodiment of the Englishman abroad. He can get through his ordeal, if only he could find a decent cup of tea. Watch Death In Paradise Mondays at 8 pm.
April 7 Episode #101
When a British Cop is found murdered in a locked room on the tiny paradise island of Saint-Marie, Detective Inspector Richard Poole is sent to investigate. He’s the perfect man to solve the case – if only he didn’t just hate sun, sea and sand.
April 14 Episode #102
As DI Richard Poole desperately searches for a decent cup of tea, a bride is murdered on her wedding day. It is a tragedy DS Camille Bordey can’t help but notice, whilst Richard is more interested in housekeeping signs. But who would kill a bride on her wedding day? Could it really be one of her family?
April 21 Episode #103
When a woman not only predicts her own murder but also gives a description of the murderer it all feels too easy for DI Richard Poole. Can a case from the past help solve the present day murder? And more importantly can Richard convince the team that it has nothing to do with voodoo spirits?
April 28 Episode #104
A confession of murder proves problematic for DI Richard Poole and the team when a wife admits to killing her husband but the body is nowhere to be found. Can Richard solve the mystery? And could his feelings be clouding his judgment?
May 5 Episode #105
A murder investigation becomes more than personal for Richard when the victim is murdered while handcuffed to him! His job on the line, he needs all his British rigour and stoutest brogues to get to the heart of the Paradise Beach mystery…
May 12 Episode #106
With Richard struck down by a tropical disease and Camille in Paris its left to Dwayne and Fidel to solve the apparently impossible murder of a local diver. As if their job isn’t tough enough, they also have to contend with holidaying British cop DS Angela Young – and they thought Richard was annoying…
May 19 Episode #107
Carnival comes to Saint-Marie. Richard sees the dark side of show business when a comeback concert ends in the most public of murders. If sun, sea and sand weren’t bad enough, he now has to conquer his fear of snakes to find the elusive killer…
May 26 Episode #108
Dwayne ends up embroiled in a murder investigation when a piece of incriminating evidence is found at the scene of the crime. Can Richard solve the case and meet a deadline that means he’ll finally get what he wants – a return home?
This weekend during PBS NewsHour Weekend our local news stories look back in history, and look forward at what some call the “currency of the future.”
On Saturday it’s one of Austin’s newest gadgets: a Bitcoin ATM. The machine, designed by a company called Robocoin, was the first of its kind in the U.S. It’s located at HandleBar downtown.
The machine allows people to walk up and either enroll in Bitcoin on the spot or buy and sell from a pre-existing account. You can also withdraw cash.
“The one in Canada, it’s brought a lot of business. Ideally we get some foot traffic, get some booze sold and merchandise and stuff like that,” HandleBar Co-Owner Willie Stark told us.
But, Bitcoin has had some setbacks recently. We asked LBJ School economics professor Dr. Yanis Varoufakis about the risks involved.
“There is no telephone number you can dial if suddenly your Bitcoins have disappeared. All you need is a clever hacker who hacks into your wallet and suddenly your fortune in bitcoins has disappeared,” Varoufakis said.
On Sunday, we preview the LBJ Presidential Library’s Civil Rights Summit, which runs from April 8-10. Three of the four former living presidents will be on the University of Texas campus for the event, as will President Obama. The summit marks the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson signing the Civil Rights Act.
“We thought what better way to [mark the anniversary] than with a summit that really celebrates the advances that were made in ’64 but also looks hard at some of the open issues in 2014,” LBJ Foundation President Elizabeth Christian told us.
Panel discussions will be held each afternoon with activists and civil rights leaders before the evening keynotes with Presidents Carter, Clinton and George W. Bush. President Obama will speak Thursday morning at 11:30.
Tickets are no longer available but the entire summit will be streamed online on the summit’s website: www.civilrightssummit.org and will be televised on The Longhorn Network. You can see the entire Summit schedule here.
KLRU-Q’s Saturday Night at the Movies presents a full-length feature film every Saturday night, plus extra content that gives the evening an exciting spin. Each film explores the work of legendary actors and actresses through many important films from their careers. Here is a peek of what this Saturday has in store:
On Story Westerns at 7:30 pm
Creating westerns with resonance is discussed by the creative minds behind UNFORGIVEN, A PERFECT WORLD, and 3:10 TO YUMA. Featuring John Lee Hancock, David Peoples, Michael Brandt, and Derek Haas. Film: Western by Lucas Millard.
Hollywood Stars Film Package The Big Country at 8 pm
Burl Ives earned a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for his portrayal of a family patriarch involved in a bitter land feud in this explosive western drama. Cast: Gregory Peck, Jean Simmons, Carroll Baker, Charlton Heston, Burl Ives.
Walter Piehl: Sweetheart Of The Rodeo at 10:50 pm
Walter Piehl: Sweetheart of the Rodeo documents how this North Dakota visual artist and Minot State University art professor combines an expressionistic style with literal and interpretive investigations of many facets of Western American life. Piehl’s acrylic on canvas work is often large in scale and is appreciated across North America as well as in his native state. Among his many honors and awards is a 2008 Enduring Vision Award for his creativity, connection to community, and impressive body of work presented by the Bush Foundation, a private foundation serving Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota.
KLRU and the Austin Public Library present Community Cinema. The free public screenings take place at the Windsor Park Branch Library (5833 Westminster Dr.) from 7 pm to 9 pm.
On May 6th, watch a preview and discuss of The New Black. Centering on the historic fight to win marriage equality in Maryland, The New Black takes viewers into the pews, the streets, and kitchen tables as it looks at how the African American community grapples with the divisive gay rights issue.
Joining us for the discussion will be Stephen Rice, host of OutCast Austin on KOOP. Rice is a busy member of Austin’s political, arts and social scenes. He volunteers regularly with such worthy organizations as the Octopus Club, AIDS Services of Austin, the Hill Country Ride for AIDS, Equality Texas and ZACH Theater. Stephen also works with the Austin Film Society on their annual star-studded Texas Film Hall of Fame Gala. Professionally, he works as a consultant to Austin’s legal community.
Community Cinema is a groundbreaking public education and civic engagement initiative featuring screenings of films from Independent Lens on location in 100 cities and online. Between September and June, Community Cinema brings together leading organizations, community members and public television stations to learn, discuss and get involved in today’s critical social issues.
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