Wild West night on KLRU Q 11/27

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Take a journey to the Wild West with Ray Mears all evening on Thursday. He explores the Mountains, the Great Plains and the deserts of the Wild West. It all starts at 8 pm only on KLRU-Q!

Following at 10:30 pm, there’s more to learn about the Wild West on Buffalo Bill’s American West.

KLRU Q is broadcast channel 18.3. It is also available to digital cable subscribers of Grande on 284 and Time Warner on 20.

Double your generosity – Support Your Favorites!

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You spoke and we listened! We’re kicking off our Winter Fundraising Drive this week, but we want you to know that we’re doing things a little bit different this time around.

In an effort to keep more of your favorite PBS programs on-air during fundraising periods, this drive, we’re pledging to provide one full week of your regularly scheduled primetime shows, like Antiques RoadshowNova and Masterpiece TheaterIt’s a full week of YOUR FAVORITES and we’re counting on you to do your part to support the shows you rely on each week, helping us transform the way we fundraise on-air and in turn, making this fundraising effort a success.

Best of all, we have an exciting challenge that begins today – a $25,000 match from a generous donor of KLRU! Your gift of any amount will be matched dollar for dollar from this challenge, effectively doubling your generosity in an instant.

Make a one-time gift or an ongoing, monthly gift online now to take advantage of this generous donor match!

Civic Summit: Austin Mayoral Debate 2014 – Submit your questions!

KLRU is hosting one more debate before runoff election day between Mike Martinez and Steve Adler on December 7 at noon, in partnership with KUT Radio and the Austin Monitor. It will be broadcast live on KLRU.

We’d love to hear what questions you’d like us to ask the candidates. Or, tell us topics you’d like us to drill down on. You can post a comment below, tweet @klru using #atxmayor, email us: CivicSummit@klru.org, post a comment on the KLRU Facebook page, or call and leave a voicemail: (512) 475-9073.

This isn’t the first time we’ve produced a debate in the 2014 race for Austin Mayor. You can see our August 27 forum here, and our conversation about leadership with Adler and Martinez from November 13 here.

As always, this Civic Summit is free and open to the public. You can RSVP to join our studio audience here.

Flores Education & Training Center Grand Opening

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KLRU joined the Boys & Girls Club (B&GC) of Austin on Nov. 21 to help celebrate the grand opening of the Housing Authority of the City of Austin (HACA) Flores Education & Training Center at the Meadowbrook Apartments. HACA and B&GC will make this our fifth and final partner for the Ready To Learn Demonstration Station grant.

HUD Secretary, Julian Castro, spoke and cut the ribbon on the new center. The center features classrooms for youth and adult education programs, a community library, an outdoor amphitheater, computer lab, outdoor green spaces, a video and sound production lab and more.

Castro and Clifford

KLRU is proud to partner with the Boys & Girls Club and HACA, thanks to this Ready To Learn (RTL) Initiative, a partnership of PBS, The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, to provide rich, educational multimedia content to this community’s children and their families!

Congratulations to the Méndez family for winning the Thomas the Train door prize!

Mendez Family with Thomas the Train door prize

Travel the globe on KLRU Q 11/26

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What’s on KLRU-Q Wednesday evening? Take a look:

8 pm: On Globe Trekker, Tyler kicks off his culinary adventure in Mexico City, where he explores the vibrant markets and discovers the potent chilies of the region.

9 pm: Buen Provencho! takes viewers on a delicious journey through Florida’s culinary past. The one-hour documentary explores Florida’s Spanish roots through its cuisine, while blending historical narrative with delicious recipes and vibrant locations.

10 pm: Florida is a state known for its sun, surf, and sand! But wait a minute! Florida also has a darker, offbeat and downright weird side, where ancient mysteries and legends reside on Weird Florida: On the Road Again.

KLRU Q is broadcast channel 18.3. It is also available to digital cable subscribers of Grande on 284 and Time Warner on 20.

Explore space on KLRU Q 11/25

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A guide to Tuesday evening’s programming on KLRU-Q:

8 pm: Apollo 8 and the First Lunar Voyage recounts the flight many consider to be NASA’s most daring and important.

9 pm: Phoenix Mars Mission: Onto the Ice takes a behind-the-scenes look at the first successful landing on the Mars polar region and the ongoing search for signs of life on Earth’s neighboring planets.

10 pm: In Comet Encounter, scientists all over the world follow a once-in-a-lifetime event and shoot breath-taking images of the sun-grazer comet, spewing its essence into the void.

KLRU Q is broadcast channel 18.3. It is also available to digital cable subscribers of Grande on 284 and Time Warner on 20.

Brains & Gangsters on KLRU Q 11/24

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Here’s a quick look at what’s happening Monday, November 24, on KLRU-Q:

8 pm:

Jimmy Moran is found guilty of badly injuring a woman during a robbery. In the sentencing phase of the trial, Judge Rakoff hears arguments from the court-appointed psychiatrist, the attorneys, the victim’s husband and Jimmy himself. Meanwhile, Alan Alda discovers how neuroscience is already influencing the sentencing of defendants – especially young defendants – by revealing how the immature teenage brain is vulnerable to foolish and impulsive acts. Before Judge Rakoff pronounces Jimmy’s sentence, Alda meets a judge who has volunteered to have his own brain probed as he makes sentencing decisions. This episode of Brains on Trial with Alan Alda focuses on the sentence phase of Moran’s trial. We investigate Moran’s brain and look into what factors could have played into pulling the trigger.

9 pm:

The mention of Al Capone’s name sparks images of pinstripe suits and ruthless murders. More than 80 years after the height of his power, Al Capone: Icon explores Capone’s enduring impact on American culture and learn why people are still so fascinated by this celebrity gangster.

10 pm:

The prison island of Alcatraz is one of the country’s most complicated, terrifying and mysterious landmarks. “The Rock” was the notorious spot where the government put “the worst of the worst” prisoners, infamous criminals such as Machine Gun Kelly and Al Capone. Although it was closed in 1963, the island still holds the public’s imagination, becoming the destination site for thousands of tourists and the setting for feature films (The Rock, Escape from Alcatraz) and television series (Alcatraz). Return to Alcatraz is a wide-ranging documentary that traces the roots of the “Battle of Alcatraz” in 1946 – when the military was called in to crush a prison riot – as well as portraits of those who served time there. The program reveals the compelling story of convicted atomic spy Morton Sobell; the true, frightening tale of Robert Stroud – the “Birdman of Alcatraz”; and the real-life account of the 1962 “Escape from Alcatraz.”

KLRU Q is broadcast channel 18.3. It is also available to digital cable subscribers of Grande on 284 and Time Warner on 20.

Spend Sunday learning with KLRU Q 11/23

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Every Sunday KLRU-Q packs the day with educational programs that will entertain the whole family. Here’s what the schedule looks like:

2 pm: On Assassination: Idaho’s Trial of the Century, in 1907, the long-simmering tensions between trade unionists and capitalists finally played out in an Idaho courtroom when “Big Bill” Haywood, the secretary-treasurer of the Western Federation of Miners, stood charged with orchestrating the murder of former governor Frank Steunenberg.

3 pm: Narrated by George Clooney, JFK: One PM Central Standard Time recounts the riveting story of the reporting from Dallas and the CBS Newsroom in New York from the moment President Kennedy was shot until Cronkite’s emotional pronouncement of his death at 1 p.m. CST.

4 pm: Stressing how closely the medium and television audiences are joined in times of crisis, JFK: Breaking the News offers one of the first broadcast examinations of how local journalists in 1963 delivered rapidly breaking news to a nation in despair.

5 pm: Making Mao is a documentary that details the impact of half a century of Mao Zedong-centered propaganda.

5:55 pm: Escape From Iran: The Hollywood Option documents an extraordinary rescue operation.

6:45 pm: Spies Beneath Berlin tells the extraordinary true story of the top-secret mission to build a spy tunnel into the Soviet sector of one of the most heavily guarded cities in history.

7:40 pm: Lost Nuke recreates the enigmatic events surrounding the first disappearance of a nuclear weapon.

8:30 pm: Cuban Missile Crisis: Three Men Go to War tells the inside story of the Cuban Missile Crisis, exploring how in October 1962 the earth teetered on the very brink of nuclear holocaust.

9:30 pm: Based on Larry Sabato’s new book, The Kennedy Half-Century chronicles the impact and influence of John F. Kennedy’s life, administration and tragic death on the general public, the media and every subsequent U.S. president.

10:30 pm: Serving America: Memories of Peace Corps highlights the experiences of some of the nearly 3,000 volunteers who served during the early years of the Peace Corps.

11 pm:  ACL Presents highlights the 2014 Americana Music Festival recorded in Nashville.

KLRU Q is broadcast channel 18.3. It is also available to digital cable subscribers of Grande on 284 and Time Warner on 20.

American Graduate: Goodwill School Puts Adult Drop-outs Back on Track

The Goodwill Excel Center, which opened its doors in August, is a regular charter high school – except its students are adults, aged 19-50, who dropped out of high school. They teach all of the traditional high school courses, with students picking up where they left off.

Many people who drop out of high school eventually earn their GED, but Head of School Dr. Billy Harden says there is a big difference in earning potential between a GED and a regular high school diploma.

“We’re looking at possibly anywhere in the range of a $2,000 to $9,000 difference if a student gets their high school diploma,” Dr. Harden said. “I’m already seeing it changing their lives. I’m seeing more of our students coming each day and the learning is becoming more intrinsic. It’s starting to look and feel like a way to empower themselves. So, they not only have the ability to say ‘I have my high school diploma, but I’m a little smarter than I was when I got here,’ and I think that’s very important.”

We spoke to Matilda Zamarripa, who dropped out her senior year of high school. Matilda has worked successfully in the beauty industry for almost 20 years but has always wanted to earn her high school diploma.

“You kind of carry that little secret around. Like oh, I’ve never finished,” Matilda said. “My daughter definitely inspired me when she was graduating high school. Going to her graduation two years ago reminded me like ‘wow, I never got to experience this’ but I got to experience it through her. She’s now on her second year at Texas State University and that really inspired me you know, I really want[ed] to go back to school.”

You can hear more about Matilda and the Goodwill Excel Center in the video above.

A shortened version of this story will air locally as a KLRU News Briefs during PBS NewsHour Weekend, Sunday, November 23 at 6:30pm. Do you have an American Graduate story idea? We’d love to hear from you. Email us at CivicSummit@klru.org, post a comment, or tweet at us using #amgradtx. 


Q Night at the Movies November 22

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Join KLRU Q for Movie Night every Saturday at 7:30 pm. Hours of entertainment are guaranteed! Here’s what this Saturday looks like:

First at 7 pm on Arts in Context, the Intergalactic Nemesis, Book One: Target Earth was an instant sensation. Created by an original comic-book story projected panel-by-panel on a video screen while three actors voiced the characters, one performer created sound-effects, and a keyboardist performed the score.

Then at 7:30 pm in On Story, Men in Black writer, Ed Solomon, explores the genesis of the movie and its journey from pre-production through post. Solomon documents his experiences getting fired and re-hired on the project, the evolution of the story, and working with the cast and crew.

Like the previous week, this week’s feature film stars Humphrey Bogart. In The Maltese Falcon, private eye Sam Spade encounters sundry characters (Mary Astor, Peter Lorre), all seeking a coveted statuette. The movie begins at 8 pm.

KLRU Q is broadcast channel 18.3. It is also available to digital cable subscribers of Grande on 284 and Time Warner on 20.