Science Night Jan. 28

Science Night for Jan. 28th goes to a penguin nesting ground, looks at why sink holes occur and examines what bones found in Ben Franklin’s home actually mean.

Nature Penguin Post Office at 7 pm
In the heart of the Antarctic Peninsula there’s a post office surrounded by jaw-dropping scenery and 3,000 gentoo penguins. Every summer, as staff put stamps on postcards, the penguins return from their fishing grounds to their breeding grounds, trek nearly two miles across sea ice and snow, rush to find a partner, build a nest, lay eggs and protect them from predators, and finally get down to the task of raising their young. We see their four-month drama unfold as cruise ships come and go, bringing tourists to buy postcards and photograph penguins — the backdrop to the penguins’ lives.

NOVA Sink Holes at 8 pm
In Tampa, Florida, in February 2013, a giant hole in the ground opened up and swallowed half a house, killing 36 year-old Jeffrey Bush as he slept in his bedroom. A month later, a golfer in Illinois survived an 18-foot fall when the 14th hole caved in beneath his feet. Both were victims of sinkholes-a notorious worldwide hazard that lurks wherever limestone bedrock is found. Filled with compelling eyewitness video of collapsing sinkholes and authoritative science from expert geologists, NOVA investigates what it’s like to have your world vanish beneath your feet.

Secrets of the Dead Ben Franklin’s Bones at 9 pm
When skeletal remains of at least 10 people, including several infants, turned up in the basement of Benjamin Franklin’s British residence, people wondered if the Founding Father might have had a much darker side, as the bones had been meticulously cut and drilled. Franklin was aware of the bodies in his basement, but they weren’t the victims of violent acts. Rather, they were used for the purposes of an illegal anatomy school that helped shaped modern medicine.

 

2015 PBS KIDS Writers Contest

KLRU announces the PBS KIDS Writers Contest! Designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on and active learning, the contest encourages children in grades K-3 to submit their own original illustrated stories.

How the Contest Works
Children in Central Texas can submit their entries to the PBS KIDS Writers Contest either by mailing their entries to KLRU or emailing their stories to writerscontest@klru.org.  All entries will be posted to klru.org/writerscontestEntries must be postmarked or emailed by March 31, 2015.

PBS KIDS Writers Contest Honorary Judges
A panel of Austin ISD librarians, Austin Public Youth Librarians, local authors, publishers, poets and bloggers will convene in April to judge the KLRU entries. Local winners will be acknowledged by a celebration in May 2015. The 1st place local winners from each grade level will then be entered into the national contest where a panel of esteemed judges will rank the top 12 entries!  National winners will be announced during the summer of 2015.

Teacher Can Win Too!
Teachers can enter their classroom to win one of two (2) special Arthur® prize packages including a library of Arthur books, courtesy of Little, Brown Books for Young Children, and a special appearance from PBS KIDS’ own Arthur.   There will be two random drawings.  All you need to do is fill out the 2015 Contest Classroom Entry Form-KLRU when you submit your students’ story to KLRU.  Deadline is March 31, 2015.

To enter the Contest and for more information on entry rules and contest resources visit: http://www.klru.org/writerscontest.

Q Night at the Movies 1/24

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Q Night at the Movies presents a conversation with filmmakers and a musical for Jan. 24th’s presentation.

On Story presents part 1 and part 2 of  A Conversation with Jonathan Demme & Paul Thomas Anderson at 7 and 7:30 pm
Filmmaking legends Paul Thomas Anderson and Jonathan Demme pay tribute to Robert Downey Sr.’s cult classic Greaser’s Palace. Next, Andrew Napier’s short film, Grandma’s Not a Toaster, where a whiskey-guzzling mother-to-be aims to enlist her neurotic brother in attempt to thieve from their ailing grandmother’s fortune.

Great Performances Oklahoma! at 8 pm
Celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2013, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s landmark musical “Oklahoma!” returns to Great Performances for a special commemorative encore telecast. This acclaimed production from London’s National Theatre, directed by Trevor Nunn and choreographed by Susan Stroman, set box office records during its original runs in the West End and then later on Broadway, with critics and audiences alike captivated by its fresh new take on a venerable classic. The original London production also featured a sensational, star-making performance by Hugh Jackman as Curly before his ascent to international movie stardom in the X Men film franchise. Also featured are original cast members Josefina Gabrielle as Laurey, Maureen Lipman (The Pianist) as Aunt Eller, and 2002 Best Supporting Actor Tony-winner Shuler Hensley as the menacing Jud Fry.

 

Community Cinema: American Denial 2/3

Join KLRU and the Austin Public Library for a screening and discussion of American Denial on Tuesday, Feb. 3rd, at Windsor Park Branch Library (5833 Westminster Dr.). The free event is open to the public and takes place from 7 pm to 9 pm.

Using the story of Gunnar Myrdal’s 1944 investigation of Jim Crow racism as a springboard, American Denial explores the power of unconscious biases and how the ideals of liberty, equality, and justice still impact notions of race and class today.

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.

KLRU Celebrates Black History Month 2015

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KLRU broadcasts programming created by and about people from all cultures year-round, from public affairs to history to independent film to kids programming. In celebration of Black History Month, KLRU will broadcast a lineup of programs and host events honoring and exploring African American culture.

The following events will take place during February:

Community Cinema American Denial screening Feb. 3 at 7 pm at the Windsor Park Branch Library. More details

Austin Revealed: Civil Rights Stories screening Feb. 8, 5-7pm at Google Fiber Space 201 Colorado Street, Austin, TX 78701 More details

Blackademics tapings on Feb. 10 & 11, 7 pm at KLRU’s Studio 6A. More details including speaker list

 

Programs airing this month on KLRU:

Shakespeare Uncovered Othello with David Harewood
Friday, February 6 at 9 pm.
In 1997, David Harewood was the first black actor to play Othello on stage at the National Theatre in London. In this episode, he unravels the complex issues of prejudice and jealousy that are threaded throughout the play, as well as returning to the National to meet the most recent actor to take on the role at the theatre, Adrian Lester. Interviews include Simon Russell Beale, Ian McKellen, Julia Stiles and Patrick Stewart.

Antiques Roadshow Celebrating Black Americana
Monday, February 9 at 8 pm.
Highlights include Martin Luther King, Jr. ephemera from 1966; a Madam C.J. Walker beauty book, written by the first female American millionaire; and a trip with host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Leila Dunbar to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Missouri.

Independent Lens Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People
Monday, February 16 at 9 pm
This is the story of the pioneering African-American photographers – men and women, celebrated and anonymous – who have recorded the lives and aspirations of generations, from slavery to the present. By Thomas Allen Harris.

Mr. Civil Rights:  Thurgood Marshall and the NAACP
Monday, February 16 at 10:30 pm.
This documentary incorporates rare archival film and extraordinary interviews to explore Marshall’s life in the years leading up to the landmark Brown v. Board of Education ruling. This compelling biography unfolds through interviews with Justice Elena Kagan, Justice John Paul Stevens, lawyer and civil-rights activist Vernon Jordan, Marshall biographers Rawn James, Juan Williams and Larry S. Gibson, and several law professors.

American Masters August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand
Friday, February 20 at 8 pm
From his roots as an activist and poet to his indelible mark on Broadway, this program captures the legacy of the man some call America’s Shakespeare. Film and theater luminaries such as James Earl Jones, Viola Davis, Phylicia Rashad, Laurence Fishburne, Charles Dutton and others share their stories of the career and experience of bringing Wilson’s rich theatrical voice to the stage.

Austin Revealed
Friday, February 20 at 9:30 pm and Tuesday, February 24 at 10 pm
This documentary presents interviews with prominent Austin citizens about their experience during Austin’s civil rights period, the effect of segregation and what gentrification has meant to the city.

Independent Lens American Denial
Monday, February 23 at 9 pm
“American Denial” uses the story of Gunnar Myrdal’s 1944 investigation of Jim Crow racism as a springboard to explore the power of unconscious biases and how the ideals of liberty, equality and justice still affect notions of race and class today.

The Rule
Monday, February 23 at 10 pm.
This documentary tells a rare story of success. In Newark, New Jersey,where the average high school graduation rate is abysmal, St. Benedict’s Prep is the exception – with a near 100 percent college acceptance rate. Filmmakers Marylou and Jerome Bongiorno profile the school and the Benedictine monks of Newark Abbey to see how they achieve success among a vulnerable population of inner-city African-American and Latino teenage boys.

In Context Presents: Spoken 4 All
Tuesday, February 24 at 10:30 pm
Austin’s spoken word performers take center stage as part of KLRU’s focus on the arts. Also known as “slam poetry,” spoken word is an oral performance of extemporaneous or composed pieces of free poetry. Austin has a number of venues that present spoken word, this program highlights the ranging styles of poets at an all-age program hosted monthly at Mitchie’s Gallery. This event features several artists who were involved with the Austin Neo Soul Team that placed in the 2010 National Poetry Slam.

2015 Big Deal Winner Selected

FEATURED_BigDealOur 3rd Annual Big Deal raffle has come to an end and we want to all congratulate this year’s winner Jason Allgood of Austin, Texas on his year filled with the best of Austin music and events.

We’ll check in throughout the year with Jason with pictures and stories from his fun-filled year.

We want to thank everyone who purchased raffle tickets for KLRU’s 2015 Big Deal. You helped to raise over $23,000. 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.

Austin Revealed: Civil Right Stories screening 2/8

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In commemoration of Black History Month, please join Alpheus Media, KLRU, and Black Googler Network for a special screening and discussion of KLRU’s Austin Revealed: Civil Rights Stories.

DATE: Sunday, Feb. 8
TIME: 5-7 pm
LOCATION: Google Fiber Space 201 Colorado Street, Austin, TX 78701
COST: Free, RSVP required. RSVP now Drinks and light bites will be provided.

This documentary presents interviews with prominent Austin citizens about their experience during Austin’s civil rights period, the effect of segregation and what gentrification has meant to the city. Panelists will expand on their experiences featured in the film and answer audience questions.

Blackademics 2015 2/10 & 2/11

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Join KLRU for the 2015 Blackademics event and taping! The Black Studies theme for Season 3 is The African Diaspora. Black Studies is concerned with the histories, politics and cultures of people of African origin in Africa and throughout the African diaspora.

These free talks will be recorded to air in upcoming episodes of Blackademics Television.
Date: Tuesday, February 10th and Wednesday, February 11th
Time: 7 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)
Location: KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
Cost: The event is free and no RSVP is required.

Tuesday, February 10th
Jazz Collective Band
Scot Brown
Michael Scantlebury
Courtney Robinson
Zeta Elliot
Shana Redmond
Kevin Foster
Kali Gross
Natalie Cofield

Wednesday, February 11th
Jazz Collective Band
Kashi Johnson
Tami Navarro
Johnathan Gayles
Elizabeth Chin
Bertin Louis
Kevin Foster
Ted Gordon
Whitney Battle

Blackademics Television is an ongoing project to bring engaging Black Studies scholarship to broad popular audiences via Public Television and New Media. This year’s tapings features 12-minute presentations each night by scholars and artists from around the country. Watch other Blackademics talks now

 

News Briefs: Enrollment opens for UT informal classes, 84th Legislature convenes

Since 1971 The University of Texas at Austin has offered evening, non-credit, classes to the public. The Informal Classes Program offers something for everyone, from the Beginner’s Guide to Novel Writing to Jiu-Jitsu or Swing Dance. Many of the classes are taught by UT professors, or members of the public can submit course proposals. Our Saturday story during PBS NewsHour Weekend goes inside their Spring Preview Night. You can see it online in the video above.

Our Sunday story comes from our partners at The Texas Tribune. The Weekly Political Roundup, from Multimedia Reporter Alana Rocha, is a rundown of news from the opening week of the 84th Legislative Session. You can watch it in the video below.

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

Q Night at the Movies 1/17

KLRU Q - Night at the Movies

This week Q Night at the Movies features back-to-back On Story presented by the Austin Film Festival followed by Mutiny on the Bounty!

On Story Deconstructing Dog Day Afternoon at 7 pm
Frank Pierson’s Academy Award® winning Dog Day Afternoon elevates the classic crime genre through its exploration of textured characters and rationale. Screenwriters Robin Swicord (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) and Peter Craig (The Town) examine the story’s masterful reveal of information and its surprising, but inevitable and honest conclusion.

On Story Neo Noir: The Modern Day Film at 7:30 pm
Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) and Brian Helgeland (LA Confidential) discuss the modern day Neo Noir – a genre-bending response to the Film Noirs of the 1940s and 50s – and dissect the basic styles, impulses, themes, and tones that embrace this form of storytelling.

Feature film: Mutiny on the Bounty at 8 pm
First mate Mr. Christian (Clark Gable) and his 18th-century shipmates overthrow cruel Capt. Bligh (Charles Laughton) and set him adrift in the Pacific.