Highlights August 21-27

KLRU Highlights

Kicking off Sunday at 7 pm is Secrets Of Westminster. From the outside, the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben are the classic London scene, the emblems of British democracy and history. Today, this building stands as a monument to a fair and open political system, but was it always so? This film goes inside its gothic walls and reveals the hidden world of the Houses of Commons and Lords; a world of back-stabbing, intrigue and traditions.

Next at 8 pm on Inspector Lewis, follow Lewis and Hathaway as they investigate a bomb attack that killed an eminent mathematician-a notorious philanderer with many enemies. When a bomb is discovered at his brother’s home, the case moves in another direction.

On this episode of Tunnel, Karl falls apart as the Truth Terrorist’s change of direction becomes unbearable. What will be the cost of catching their man? A hair-raising showdown begins. Watch at 9:30 pm.

Monday, tune into Antiques Roadshow at 7 pm. In 1998, Dr. Ferid Murad of the UT-Houston Medical School won the Nobel Prize in medicine for his work on the cardio-vascular system, while Antiques Roadshow made hearts palpitate with its first visit to H-Town. Fourteen years later, a 19th-century Chinese jade scepter, originally appraised for $1,500 to $2,500, has spiked to a radiantly healthy $50,000 to $80,000, while a 1912 Titanic menu went from a heart-stopping $75,000 to $100,000 to a less pulse-quickening $50,000 to $75,000.

In this documentary, Benjamin Wagner and his brother travel around the country to discover more about the television icon and what he meant by “deep and simple.” Featuring interviews with the late Tim Russert, host of Meet the Press; Susan Stamberg, correspondent for NPR; Marc Brown, author of the children’s book series Arthur; and Linda Ellerbee, host of Nickelodeon’s Nick News, the charming and philosophical documentary Mister Rogers & Me chronicles the brothers’ inspiring journey. Watch at 8 pm Monday.

Next at 9:30 pm on Highwaymen Live At Nassau, join Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson -“the Mt. Rushmore of country music”- for this live concert recorded in 1990. The Highwaymen perform classics like “Big River,” “Me and Bobby McGee” and “Always on My Mind.” See it again on Friday at 10 pm.

Robinson rises from humble origins to integrate Major League Baseball, performing brilliantly despite the threats and abuse he faces on and off the field and, in the process, challenges the prejudiced notions of what a black man can achieve. Watch on Tuesday at 7 pm on Jackie Robinson.

At 9:40 pm on Bonnie & Clyde: American Experience, discover the true story of the most famous outlaw couple in US history. Though their exploits were romanticized, the Barrow gang was believed responsible for at least 13 murders, including two policemen, as well as robberies and kidnappings.

Wednesday at 7 pm, feel the emotion as keepers and carers reunite with the wild animals that were once in their care to learn whether the close interspecies bonds that developed over many years in refuges and orphanages have stood the test of time. Watch on Nature.

At 8:30 pm on Particle Fever, follow six brilliant scientists for the launch of the Large Hadron Collider, built to recreate the conditions of the Big Bang and search for the Higgs boson, marking the start of the biggest and most expensive experiment in the history of the planet.

Thursday, Bryan Cranston sits down on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm. Cranston is a highly acclaimed actor best known for playing Walter White on AMC’s Breaking Bad. He won back-to-back Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for that role. Recent film credits include Trumbo, Argo, and the new HBO film All the Way, in which he plays President Lyndon Johnson. Cranston won a Tony for that role on Broadway.

Offering free, intensive music education to low-income youth, Austin Soundwaves believes firmly in the principle that all students deserve a world-class education in the fine arts. Inspired by El Sistema, a Venezuelan form of music education created to strengthen communities and culture throughout Latin America, the Hispanic Alliance of Performing Arts launched Austin Soundwaves. Watch at 7:30 pm on Arts In Context.

Following at 8 pm on The Daytripper, join Chet as he explores the east side of Texas’s capital city exploring its food trucks, a modern butcher shop, and a house museum that “Keeps Austin Weird.” He visit the Texas State Cemetery with the graves of past Texans including “Father of Texas” Stephen F. Austin, and then pushes his lack of athleticism to the extreme on an obstacle course.

Join Carol Burnett at 8:30 pm for her personally selected favorite moments from her long-running comedy series, including sketches from the first five years of the show not seen in decades. Watch on Carol Burnett’s Favorite Sketches.

Later at 10 pm on Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: 50 Years And Circlin’ Back, celebrate the groundbreaking band’s musical milestones and hits along with special guests Vince Gill, John Prine, Jackson Browne, Alison Krauss, Rodney Crowell, Jerry Jeff Walker, Jimmy Ibbotson, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas and Byron House.

From the internationally famous Dolby Theater in the heart of Hollywood, Andrea Bocelli pays musical tribute to the silver screen in a lush concert of beloved songs from the movies. Joined by Grammy- winning producer David Foster , the renowned tenor performs memorable favorites from blockbuster classics including The Godfather , Scent of a Woman , Dr. Zhivago , Once Upon a Time in America , Breakfast at Tiffany’s and many more. Tune in on Friday at 8 pm on Andrea Bocelli: Cinema.

Later at 10 pm on Highwaymen Live At Nassau Coliseum, join Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson -“the Mt. Rushmore of country music”- for this live concert recorded in 1990. The Highwaymen perform classics like “Big River,” “Me and Bobby McGee” and “Always on My Mind.”

On Central Texas Gardener, pump up the wildlife with drought-tough plants and a front yard design for family fun and food. Tune in at noon on Saturday.

Celebrate the music of award-winning singer/songwriter Christopher Cross in this star-packed special Christopher Cross & Friends at 7pm Saturday.. Joined by Michael McDonald and Mike Love, the Texas native performs his greatest hits.

Revisit treasured moments from Downton Abbey, including new behind-the-scenes clips and interview footage. Celebrate the stellar cast, the superb writing and the spectacular locations on Miss Downton Abbey! at 8:30 pm Saturday.

 

How you can help Louisiana flood victims

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9/25 Update from Louisiana Public Broadcasting:

Thanks for all the support! We are receiving and distributing relief supplies. While there is still some need for items listed above, we are focusing on collecting school supplies to lift up the educational communities affected. Items may be direct-sent to LPB, c/o Nancy Tooraen, 7733 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge, La. 70810 (225)767-4445.

Join us on Monday, August 29 at 8:00PM for Education & Recovery: LPB Gives Back (streaming live on LPB’s Facebook – http://facebook.lpb.org – as well). During this 90 minute special we will share personal stories from people impacted by the flooding, and raise funds to support students and teachers in the affected areas. During this special, 100% of donations will go to school supplies.

During Summerfest 2016, by donating money to LPB, you will not only support the programming that you love, but you will also aid in flood relief. LPB is dedicating 10% of all the money raised in this drive to help those who have been impacted by the flooding.


 

Louisiana is facing the worst flooding in its history that is being reported as unprecedented. The floods have caused catastrophic destruction in Southern Louisiana, affecting thousands of people. It is estimated that 40,000 homes have been damaged and that at least 13 people have died as a result of the floods, according to the Associated Press.

If you want to help, our colleagues at Louisiana Public Broadcasting (LPB) have reached out with a list of items needed at shelters. This includes pillows, blankets, towels, clothes, zip lock bags, diapers, books, coloring books, crayons, stuffed animals, and more.

If you can send any of these supplies to help the families and children in Louisiana, please mail them to LPB’s address:

Louisiana Public Broadcasting
7733 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70810

They will make sure the items reach the shelters as soon as possible.

Science Night 8/24

This week on Science Night, join KLRU for a lineup of programs featuring the relationship between animals and one of the most historic experiments of the planet.

NatureAnimal Reunions‘ – airs at 7 pm
Feel the emotion as keepers and carers reunite with the wild animals that were once in their care to learn whether the close interspecies bonds that developed over many years in refuges and orphanages have stood the test of time.

Particle Fever – airs at 8:30 pm
Follow six brilliant scientists for the launch of the Large Hadron Collider, built to recreate the conditions of the Big Bang and search for the Higgs boson, marking the start of the biggest and most expensive experiment in the history of the planet.

KLRU NEXT Nights: All About Bob Ross! 8/24

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Get ready for a night all about Bob Ross!

bobrossKLRU will be hosting NEXT Nights focusing on the work of Ross on August 24 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm at 800 Congress Avenue.

Enjoy live painting, themed cocktails from Banner Distilling, bites from The Capital Grille, locally brewed beers from Austin Speciality and treats from Skull & Cakebones. Also, let’s not forget our ‘Fro’to booth (happy little trees photobooth) and much more!

Make sure and purchase your tickets today!

 

Capital City Black Film Festival 8/25-28

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The fourth annual Capital City Black Film Festival (CCBFF) will feature films, acting seminars, weekend parties and so much more! KLRU will present our Juneteenth Jamboree 2016 documentary and our Coach Robinson short documentary at the event, which takes place August 25-28. Tickets are now on sale.

CCBFF is an Austin-based festival with a goal to bring African-Americans in the media and film industry together. In 2013, CCBFF kicked off its inaugural year with a two-day screening of independent films expressing the African American experience. In 2015, CCBFF expanded its  reach with year-round events and opportunities to experience the brilliant works of black artists and filmmakers across the globe.

This year’s festival will have appearances by actor, writer and producer Miguel A. Núñez Jr, #OscarSoWhite Creator April Reign and much more. The event will be taking place at the Austin Convention Center from August 25 – 28. Tickets are now on sale.

 

El Mundo Newspaper’s Back to School Fest 8/20

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With up to 6,000  attendees and over 2,000 students helped in previous years, the El Mundo Newspaper will once again be hosting their Back to School Fest on August 20, 2016 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. KLRU will be in attendance to provide educational resources from PBS Kids programs.

The fest which will offer a variety of health services including: immunizations, nutrition education and health screenings. After completing a minimum of three screening, parents or children will be eligible for a backpack packed with school supplies, while supplies last. All parents or guardians must bring child’s shot records for immunization services.

The event is free and open to the entire community. While there, attendees will have the chance to participate in raffles, music, food and family fun.

Location: Delco Center 4601 Pecan Brook Dr., Austin, TX 78724

In the Studio: Overheard tapes Kelly McEvers 8/28

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Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Kelly McEvers on August 28 at 2:15pm in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 1:45 pm. The event is free but an RSVP is required. Please complete the form here to RSVP.

Kelly McEvers is the host of NPR’s Embedded and co-host of All Things Considered from NPR West in Culver City, California.

McEvers won many awards for her work during the Syrian conflict including a Peabody,Gracie and an Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia Award. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, Slate and The Washington Monthly.

Sunday, August 28 at 2:15pm
KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
Doors at 1:45pm
RSVP
Entrance is based upon capacity

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith kicks off its seventh season of interviews featuring engaging conversations with fascinating people. The show airs on PBS stations nationally and presents a wide range of thoughtmakers and tastemakers from the fields of politics, journalism, business, arts, sports and more. Please join us and be part of the studio audience at this taping with Kelly McEvers. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at klru.org/overheard.

Funny Ladies on Q Night at the Movies 8/20

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Tune in this week for another amazing lineup of special programming on Q Night at the Movies!

Science Goes to the MoviesStar Trek, Star Wars, and Fantastic Four‘ – airs at 7 pm
Dr. Heather Berlin and Faith Salie are joined by City College physics professor Vinod Menon to discuss how light is used and portrayed in Star Wars, Star Trek, and Fantastic Four.

On StoryCarl Reiner: A Conversation with a TV Legend‘ – airs at 7:30 pm
Carl Reiner discusses working with comedy giants Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore on the influential sitcom, The Dick Van Dyke Show.

Carol Burnett’s Favorite Sketches airs at 8 pm
Join Carol Burnett for her personally selected favorite moments from her long-running comedy series, including sketches from the first five years of the show not seen in decades.

Pioneers of TelevisionFunny Ladies‘ – airs at 9:30 pm
This episode includes the first standup comediennes to appear on television, including Joan Rivers and the late Phyllis Diller. Funny Ladies also looks at Lucille Ball’s breakthrough on I Love Lucy and the sitcom stars who followed, including Mary Tyler Moore, Betty White and Marla Gibbs. Also, television’s most beloved variety star, Carol Burnett.

Mary Tyler Moore: A Celebration – airs at 10:30 pm
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.

 

CASA Superhero Run 9/18

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Everyone wants to be a superhero, right?

By running for the cause, you can be the superhero you’ve always wanted for children that have been abused and neglected. The CASA Superhero Run will take place Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016 at Domain Central Park. 1458849274289

CASA of Travis County, CASA of Williamson County & CASA of Central Texas (Caldwell, Comal, Guadalupe & Hays Counties) will be hosting the event to raise awareness for children who’ve been abused and neglected. CASA speaks up for children by empowering our community to volunteer as advocates for them in the court system.

There will be a choice between two runs, a 5k and a kids 1k. Everyone is encouraged to register to race, donate to kids, fundraise for the cause or do all 3!

EVENT DAY SCHEDULE
7:00 am – Registration/Check-In (T-Shirt and Bib Pick-Up), Costume Contest and Superhero Activities
8:00 am – 5K
9:15 am – Kids 1K with Villains to Chase (Time approximate, Costume Contest Judging Ends when Kids 1K Starts)
Superhero Dance Party & Awards Ceremony after Kids 1K

REGISTRATION FEES5K:
$30 through Wednesday, August 31st
$35 through Tuesday, September 13th
$40 through race weekend
+ $5 for Optional Chip Timing

Kids 1K:
$20 through Tuesday, September 13th
$25 through race weekend

Science Wednesday: Trans-Neptunian object rebels against the odds of our solar system

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This latest space news is truly rebellious.

Scientists have discovered a trans-Neptunian object (TNO) that has a new retrograde and is traveling around the sun at an extreme 110° tilt. A TNO is “a faint, minor planet located outside the orbit of Neptune,” according to Nova Next.

This discovery is so unique because it defies the odds that exist in the plane of our solar system. The study’s authors have given it the fitting nickname of “Niku” after the Chinese word for rebellious.

The study points out that most scattered disk objects have typical inclinations less than 30° to 40°, suggesting that Niku could indicate the existence of a large population with similar orbits in this region.

All eight planets in our solar system travel in the same direction, however, this new trans-Neptunian object orbits in retrograde, meaning it travels in the opposite direction.

Theoretically, Niku could point astronomers to the famed, undiscovered Planet Nine but there is nothing concrete to validate that theory and scientists remain confused about the TNO’s angle and orbit.

As Shannon Hall from New Scientist reports:

To grasp how truly rebellious it is, remember that a flat plane is the signature of a planetary system, as a star-forming gas cloud creates a flat disk of dust and gas around it. “Angular momentum forces everything to have that one spin direction all the same way,” says Bannister. “It’s the same thing with a spinning top, every particle is spinning the same direction.”

That means anything that doesn’t orbit within the plane of the solar system or spins in the opposite direction must have been knocked off course by something else.

This video from New Scientist explains more:

You can read the entire study here.