Here’s an Idea: Our picks from PBS Digital Studios

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Examine the connections between pop culture, technology and art on this week’s picks from PBS Digital Studios’ Idea Channel.’

Why Are You Ignoring My iMessages?? – Idea Channel

Why are you ignoring my messages? Are read receipts amazing or infuriating? When you check iMessage on your iPhone, iWatch, iMac, iPad and you see a little note that says your friend saw your message, but they aren’t responding. Why are you ignoring my texts?  Also, what’s up with those people with green bubbles? Aren’t they the worst? Join Mike this week on Idea Channel as he takes a deep dive into read receipts and iMessage!

Can You Speak Emoji? – Idea Channel 

Since the popularity of emojis having risen in the past decade, many of these symbols have taken on lives of their own. Which is understandable since no one can get through a text message conversation without using at least one emoji. So does that mean these symbols qualify as a language?

The Vague Horror of Face Swap – Idea Channel 

Face Swapping isn’t new, but it sure is popular these days with things like the Face Swap Challenge, and apps like, FaceSwap Live, MSQRD, and of course, Snapchat. But have you ever noticed that there’s something…weird and horrific about the face swap? Perhaps it’s even an example of the Body Horror genre, especially when face swaps go wrong. Those glitchy face swaps you see on your friend’s story of them having a computer as a face may revealing something about the relationship between humans and computers. What does that say about the way computers see us?

Q Night At The Movies 6 /18

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Join KLRUQ for a night at the movies with Ingrid Bergman, On Story and Oklahoma!

Hollywood IdolsIngrid Bergman Remembered‘ – airs at 7 pm 

Ingrid Bergman possessed a natural and vulnerable persona, which was both genuine and alluring. Her cinematic contributions included such movie classics as Casablanca and Anastasia. Bergman’s life took many sharp turns and led her in directions she never expected.  Appearing together for the first time, Ingrid’s daughters Pia Lindstrom and Isabella Rossellini take a personal look back at their mother’s life beyond Bergman’s acting career. They tell the story of her life, from her childhood in Sweden to her death at age 67 from breast cancer.

On Story Episode #610‘ – airs at 7: 30 pm

Austin Film Festival’s ‘On Story’ is a half-hour series that gives a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process of the country’s most beloved movies and TV shows. The show is a mash-up of footage of screenwriter and film-makers discussing their craft and films. Each episode is thematically paired with one or two short films, with an introduction from the film’s writer or director. LA Times film critic Kenneth Turan says: “‘On Story’ is film school in a box, a lifetime’s worth of film-making knowledge squeezed into half-hour packages.”

All-star Film CollectionOklahoma‘ – airs at 8 pm

In the Oklahoma territory at the turn of the twentieth century, two young cowboys vie with an evil ranch hand and a traveling peddler for the hearts of the women they love.

Veterans Coming Home

Isaiah Pasterski was injured while serving in the Army in Iraq in 2003. As a result of the IED Isaiah sustained TBI, loss of vision in his left eye, and PTS. Isaiah's mother Susan has assisted him through navigating the VA system over the years, which she says has been quite difficult. Susan has been the head of disabled American's Veterans auxiliary unit #3 for 5 years.  She says if more moms were involved in veterans’ issues, the system for them would work better.  Susan and her husband Kevin also help with the care for Isaiah's son Austin.  (Photo by Kathleen Flynn, NOLA.com l The Times-Picayune)

Today, many civilians don’t know how to approach veterans and what to say. Premiering Wednesdays and Saturdays through July 4, Veterans Coming Home is a web series exploring the lives of post-9/11 veterans, the divide between them and their communities, and the stereotypes that veterans and civilians hold about each other.Elizabeth Hash 03

Veterans Coming Home aims to help veterans and communities understand the opportunities and challenges faced during the transition to civilian life and bridge the military-civilian divide. Made possible with support from CPB, the project features videos released in partnership with PBS Stories of Service. All episodes are available to watch here.

Follow our team of veteran and civilian mediamakers using #VetsComingHome on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, as they hit the road to reveal untold stories of veterans returning home, and what it means to serve your community and country.

 

Music Under the Star 7/8: The Midnight Stroll and Walker Lukens

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Want the concert experience but don’t want to break your wallet? Music Under the Star free concert series sounds like your cup of tea.

Each week this July Bullock Texas State History Museum will be hosting free concerts from 6 pm to 9 pm in the museum’s Lone Star Plaza.

Kicking off the series July 8 is Ghostland Observatory frontman Aaron Behrens, debuting his solo album this year. Writing, recording and rehearsing with a crack team of Austin musicians, Behrens blends elements of soulful rock and heartfelt blues into a refreshing sound with band, The Midnight Stroll, featuring Jonas Wilson (previously from Lomita and White White Lights) on guitar.

Opening the event is Walker Lukens, whose soulful, emotive tenor and alt-pop songwriting have been compared to Harry Nilsson to Tom Waits and Pavement. Lukens, Austin, Texas-based, has fronted various bands but later released his solo EP, Year of the Dog and later his Devoted in 2013. They received unanimous praise from outlets like NPR, American Songwriter, Austin-American Statesman, Austin Chronicle, Houston Chronicle, and Billboard.

KLRU and Austin City Limits are presenting partners for this year’s Music Under the Stars series.

Before checking out the concert, make sure to explore the Austin City Limits Theater installation in the Museum’s third floor galleries features the music and musicians that made the innovative PBS series the longest-running music program in American television history.acl-theater-gall1

The ACL Theater’s large-screen concert experience takes audiences from the 1974 pilot broadcast of Willie Nelson’s ACL performance to the present day. The music series originally featured local Austin musicians, but now the show books regional, national and international performances. Austin City Limits was designated as an official Rock and Roll Landmark in 2010 by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

Sit back and enjoy Lyle Lovett, Loretta Lynn, Jimmy Buffet, Flaco Jiménez, Sheryl Crow, Radiohead, and film clips from other ACL broadcasts. Artifacts on display in the exhibition include the Austin City Limits neon sign, the 1974 letter to PBS explaining the ACL concept, tree branches from the iconic Studio 6A set, and the 2011 Peabody Award that recognized ACL’s excellence in “presenting and preserving eclectic American musical genres.”

KLRU Summer STEM Resources

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KLRU is a proud partner of many summer STEM camp providers in Central Texas. We have built this collection of PBS and other amazing and fun resources for participants in these camps and for anyone to use!

Audiovisual and interactive resources available through PBS MediaLearning site:

Web platforms and interactive games outside PBS that can be used in learning activities:

Software resources outside PBS that can be downloaded and installed on local computers:

 

Q Night at the Movies 6/11

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Join KLRUQ for K Night at the Movies with three back-to-back special programs.

Hollywood IdolsMichael Caine: Breaking The Mold‘ – airs at 7 pm 

Born into poverty in London, when he first decided to become an actor, Michael Caine was met with amazement – who did he think he was? Yet, he persevered, starting in repertory theater, then television, and, finally succeeding in becoming one of filmdom’s most versatile stars. This special features clips from such films as Educating Rita, The Man Who Would Be King, Alfie, California Suite, Hannah and Her Sisters, Mona Lisa, Sleuth, Zulu, and The Ipcress File.

On StoryChris Cooper: A Conversation On Acting‘ – airs at 7:30 pm

Austin Film Festival’s ‘On Story’ is a half-hour series that gives a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process of the country’s most beloved movies and TV shows. The show is a mash-up of footage of screenwriter and film-makers discussing their craft and films. Each episode is thematically paired with one or two short films, with an introduction from the film’s writer or director. LA Times film critic Kenneth Turan says: “‘On Story’ is film school in a box, a lifetime’s worth of film-making knowledge squeezed into half-hour packages.”

Corinth Films CollectionHenry Viii And His Six Wives‘ – airs at 8 pm 

On his deathbed Tudor-king Henry VIII (Keith Michell) remembers his long reign and especially the crucial part his six marriages played in it, without producing the male heir he desired.

We did it! Thanks to YOU!

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People said it couldn’t be done…$100,000 in just 5 days. But we raised that and then some and it’s all thanks to YOU!

Your gifts rolled in online, over the phone and in the mail to support more programs and fewer interruptions this June. And now that all is said and done, KLRU was able to raise over $108,000 from 875 Central Texans!

We are humbled by your support and so very thankful to be a part of the generous Central Texas community. Thank you for Shaping the Future of #YourKLRU!

⌚ Been waiting long? Last chance to support #YourKLRU!

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Over 750 Central Texans have stepped up to support KLRU’s transformational second annual online giving drive and helped raise over $89,000 in just 4 days! But we still have $11,000 to raise to meet our goal! And we can’t do it without YOU!

What’s more is that we have a really fun giveaway to encourage YOU to make that gift of support now! James Taylor & His All-Star Band is coming to the Frank Erwin Center on Wednesday June 22nd at 8:30pm and we want YOU to be there! Donate any amount until midnight tonight to be entered into a giveaway for 2 tickets!

So far, you’ve been able to help us meet over $23,000 in challenge matches and raise over $2,700 for Overheard with Evan Smith, $100 for PBS Kids programming, $1,100 for Central Texas Gardener and $290 for NEXT, KLRU’s Young Professionals group.

With less than 12 hours to go, this is your last chance to show your support for more programs and fewer interruptions! Can I count on you to get us to our $100,000 goal by midnight tonight?

Highlights June 12-18

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In three back-to-back episodes of Crimson Field Sunday at 7 pm, Joan finds herself in trouble as soldiers return home. Meanwhile, the return of an old patient calls everyone’s loyalties into question. Later, a series of events draw Joan into danger, risking her job and maybe her life. Joan’s actions have her facing a lifetime in prison, and Kitty’s wracked with guilt.

On Monday at 9 pm, follow the story of Pam White, 61, after being diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s. POVThe Genius of Marian” tells a complex story of White and her family as they struggle to come to terms of the disease.

Next at 10:30 pm Monday, follow Sharon Marroquin, am Award-winning dancer and choreographer, who has been diagnosed with breast cancer.  Arts In ContextHold My Hand,” shows Marroquin’s use of art as an expression of her personal struggle and her relation between the choreographer and the dancer.

On Tuesday, don’t miss as genealogists travel to iconic Faneuil Hall to explore the mysteries related to the Salem Witch Trials, orphan trains, the Great Boston Fire of 1872 and the small pox epidemic. And later, the genealogist research a link to the founders of Boston. Watch at 7 pm on Genealogy Roadshow.

Following at 8 pm Tuesday, The Draft tells the story of how one controversial issue continues to define a nation. This episode features interviews with people who fought the draft, supported it and lived through its realities.

On Frontline at 9 pm Tuesday, follow the inside politics of America’s gun debate. Join veteran filmmaker Michael Kirk as he investigates the NRA, its political evolution and influence and how it has consistently succeeded in defeating new gun control legislation. Watch at 9 pm.

On this special of Eyes On The Prize: Then And Now at 10 pm Tuesday, re-examine the groundbreaking series from the filmmakers’ perspective and the viewpoint of civil rights activists. At 10 pm, explore how far we’ve come, how far we have to go, the meaning of the ongoing struggle and next steps towards equality.

At 10:30 pm Tuesday, join volunteer retirees from Georgetown, Texas as they collect cookies, brownies and doughnuts from local stores, and baked goods made by people in the community to distribute at Fort Hood Army base. In Operation Appreciation, the viewers will also hear from the troops that receive the treats, and find out how the kindness of strangers affects them.

Join scientists, animal behaviorists and other experts on June 15 as they travel to Monterey Bay, California on an episode of Best of Big Blue Live. Tune in at 7 pm Wednesday to view its once endangered, now thriving, ecosystem, where nature’s most charismatic marine creatures gather to feed on an abundance of food.

In exclusive coverage, follow a camera crew and a team of US geologists as they first enter Haiti in the immediate aftermath of the 2010 epic earthquake. On NOVA Deadliest Earthquakes at 8 pm Wednesday, it is a race against time as they hunt for crucial evidence that will help them determine exactly what happened deep underground and what the risks are of a new killer quake. Tune in at 8 pm.

Around the Masaya Volcano in Nicaragua, life has struggled for thousands of years to re-emerge from the ashes. On  Life on Fire Phoenix Temple at 9 pm Wednesday discover how in this harsh environment, nature struggles to conquer ash and lava before the next eruption erases its efforts … and the phoenix must rise again.

Next at 10 pm, don’t miss an encore episode of Austin City Limits with the Avett Brothers and Nickel Creek. Catch this episode again on Wednesday at 9 pm.

On Thursday, Tom Hayden sits down on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm. Hayden, an anti-war activist and author, is best know for speaking out on the Vietnam War and served 18 years on the California legislature. Today, he is a member of the editorial board and a columnist at The Nation and is Director of the Peace and Justice Resource Center in Culver City, California.

After his mentally ill mother is released from prison, Arvind, a 16-year-old boy in Austin, Texas writes and produces a play from his mother’s perspective. When his relationship with the actress who plays his mother on stage deepens, he changes his perception of who he thought his father was and the preconceptions of who he thought his mother was. Watch at 7:30 pm.

At 8 pm Thursday on Juneteenth Jamboree learn how history can connect communities and families in a celebration of Texas’ African American heritage.

Join Chet on The Daytripper at 8:30 pm Thursday as he travels to Corpus Christi, Texas to tour an aircraft carrier, walk around Columbus’s ships and learn about Texas’s one-of-a-kind surfing culture.

On this highly anticipated show, George Michael: Live In London, don’t miss Michael perform his hit tracks “Father Figure,” “Faith,” “Amazing,” and “Freedom 90.” Watch on Friday at 8 pm.

Friday at 10 pm, rock out with U.K. rockers alt-J performed an intense, moody set at Los Angeles’s Hollywood American Legion for an episode of Live from the Artist Den. The group offered up 18 songs to a crowd of 550 invited guests, veering between its eclectic new album, This Is All Yours, and its 2012 debut, An Awesome Wave.

On Saturday at noon, dial up your pictures for good shots and polishing effects on an episode of Central Texas Gardener.

Austin City Limits welcomes Australian rock group Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds to stage has they perform hits across their 30-year career. Tune in at 7 pm Saturday.

 

Science Night 6/15

Endangered ecosystems, earthquakes and volcanos oh my! Join KLRU on Science Night for a lineup of three back-to-back special programs starting at 7 pm.

Best of Big Blue Liveairs at 7 pm 

Join scientists, animal behaviorists and other experts in Monterey Bay, California, to view its once endangered, now thriving, ecosystem, where nature’s most charismatic marine creatures gather to feed on an abundance of food.

NOVADeadliest Earthquakes‘ – airs at 8 pm

In exclusive coverage, a NOVA camera crew follows a team of US geologists as they first enter Haiti in the immediate aftermath of the 2010 epic earthquake. In a coastal town devastated by the rushing wave, NOVA follows a team of geologists as they battle aftershocks to measure the displacement caused by the earthquake. Could their work, and the work of geologists at earthquake hot-spots around the U.S., one day lead to a breakthrough in predicting quakes before they happen? NOVA investigates new leads in its investigation of a deadly scientific conundrum.

Life On FirePhoenix Temple‘ – airs at 9 pm 

Around the Masaya Volcano in Nicaragua, life has struggled for thousands of years to re-emerge from the ashes. At the foot of the volcano, fields, pastures and towns have grown over the oldest lava flows. In this harsh environment, nature struggles to conquer ash and lava before the next eruption erases its efforts … and the phoenix must rise again.