Rescheduled programming for 2/24

KLRU Highlights

KLRU experienced equipment failure that cause program changes on Feb. 17 on KLRU and KLRU Q. We are redoing our schedule for next Tuesday in order to present several of the programs that were missed. Here’s the new lineup:

KLRU Feb. 24
7 pm: Italian Americans episode one (originally scheduled for Feb. 17)
9 pm: Italian Americans episode two

Italian Americans & Genealogy Roadshow can also be watched online anytime.

KLRU Q Feb. 24
8 pm: Life on Fire Ash Runner
9 pm: Life on Fire Pioneers of the Deep
10 pm: Mineral Explorers Brazil
10:29 pm: Mineral Explorers Mexico
10:50 pm: Beyond Geek WW2 Re-enactors
11:28 pm: Beyond Geek Real Superheroes
11:58 pm: Doctor Who A Town Called Mercy
12:45 am: Doctor Who The Power of Three

Highlights February 22 – 28

KLRU Highlights

It’s semi-finals time and the tension is palpable as the bakers take on patisseries on Great British Baking Show at 7 pm.

London brings the Crawleys and their servants scandal, sabotage, and a Scotland Yard stunner. Mrs. Patmore gets a surprise, and Robert has a revelation on season 5, episode 8 of Downton Abbey on Masterpiece Theater at 8 pm on Sunday.

Don’t miss the season finale of Grantchester on Masterpiece Mystery! Sunday at 9 pm.

Independent Lens 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. Airs Monday at 9 pm.

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. The Rule, on Monday at 10 pm, investigates how the Benedictine Monks of Newark Abbey achieve success among a vulnerable population of inner-city African-American and Latino teenage boys.

Italian Americans, on Tuesday at 7 pm, traces the evolution of Italian Americans from the late 19th century to today. This series peels away myths and stereotypes to reveal a world uniquely Italian and uniquely American. Italian Americans at 9 pm Tuesday looks at Italian Americans’ contributions to society from 1945 to present.

Ecologist Chris Morgan travels to the jungles of Northern Sumatra to document the work being done to save its population of wild orangutans, which is quickly dwindling due to deforestation on Nature at 7 pm on Wednesday.

For eight hundred years, the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul was the largest enclosed building in the world; the Statue of Liberty can fit beneath its dome with room to spare. How has it survived its location on one of the world’s most active seismic faults? NOVA explores the mysteries of this great structure at 8 pm on Wednesday.

Earth A New Wild explores humankind’s relationship with the Earth’s most important resource, water, at 9 pm on Wednesday.

Austin City Limits presents modern blues and soul with Gary Clark, Jr. and Alabama Shakes on Wednesday at 10 pm.

Overheard with Evan Smith features Mark Bittman, an opinion columnist and lead food writer for The New York Times. Airs Thursday at 7 pm.

Few things form the expectations for a work of art like its branding. Arts In Context profiles influential graphic designers Chris Bilheimer and Michael Sieben Thursday at 7:30 pm.

The Statler Brothers Farewell Concert documents the band’s final show in 2002 and celebrates one of country music’s most honored acts. Airs Thursday at 8 pm.

Multi-Grammy-nominated Dailey & Vincent, backed by their 10-piece band and a full orchestra, perform a dynamic selection of their original songs, Statler Brothers hits and patriotic tunes on Dailey & Vincent – Alive! at 9:30 pm on Thursday.

Great Performances on Friday at 8 pm features classic selections from the Great American Songbook, each handpicked by Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga.

The Bee Gees: One Night Only features the group’s 1997 concert at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. One of the very few Bee Gees performances ever filmed, the music special showcases many of their greatest disco and pop hits, on Friday at 9:30 pm.

Central Texas Gardener at noon on Saturday shares top tomato tips – chomp into the sweetest tomatoes around with secrets for success.

Austin City Limits 2014 Hall of Fame Special features highlights from the inaugural ACL Hall of Fame presentation, including Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Emmylou Harris, Buddy Guy and Double Trouble on Saturday at 7 pm.

Screening: Cancer The Emperor of All Maladies 3/25

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT), Texas PBS and KLRU-TV Austin PBS, invite you to attend a special preview screening of Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies, a forthcoming PBS documentary from executive producer Ken Burns.

DATE: Wednesday, March 25, 2015 
TIME: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
LOCATION: The Texas Capitol Extension Auditorium, 1100 Congress Avenue, Room E1.004, Austin, Texas 78711
RSVP: The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP now 

Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies examines cancer with a cellular biologist’s precision, a historian’s perspective and a biographer’s passion. The series artfully weaves three different films in one: a riveting historical documentary; an engrossing and intimate vérité film; and a scientific and investigative report. The event will feature a half-hour segment from the six-hour documentary, along with a panel discussion of leading cancer experts from Texas.

The documentary will air on KLRU and PBS stations across the nation on March 30, 31 and April 1. Learn more about the film

American Graduate: AISD High Schools Get Creative in Teaching Core Classes

On Saturday during PBS NewsHour Weekend our KLRU News Brief takes a look at AISD’s Creative Learning InitiativeAISD has partnered with MindPOP, an association of art educators in Austin, to bring arts and culture into the classroom. It’s a grant-funded program out of The Kennedy Center. For our story we visited Crockett High School, which implemented CLI at the beginning of this academic year.

The grant was written by the school’s fine arts teachers to further integrate arts into the core curriculum. Dr. Robyn Turner, Assistant Principal at Crockett, says the program has been successful thus far, and faculty and staff are enthusiastically implementing the initiative into their curriculum.

“We’re not doing CLI to teach to the test at all but it just so happens that creativity, imagination, [and] working together cause the mind to internalize a lot of what maybe they would not have internalized before,” Turner told us.

These CLI activities occur twice a week. Teachers attend professional development workshops to learn how to integrate CLI into their daily lesson plans.

Shana King, a biology teacher, said the initiative is a way to teach kids on a “emotional level.”

“It doesn’t seem like ‘creative’ would go with Biology but it really does,” King said. “We have the kids trying to make their own ideas and making machines out of their bodies to act out some really complicated scientific processes.”

You can watch the story online in the video above.

On Sunday, our story comes from our partners at The Texas Tribune. Multimedia Reporter Alana Rocha looks at the debate around Texas’ Hazlewood Act, which offers Texas veterans free tuition. The program has seen costs grow exponentially in the last five years after allowing veterans to transfer unused credit hours to their children and it could could be in trouble this legislative session if lawmakers fail to address funding issues. The story is part of the Tribune’s State of Mind series. You can watch the story online here.

KLRU News Briefs air locally during PBS NewsHour weekend, Saturday and Sunday evenings at 6:30. Our Saturday story is part of KLRU’s American Graduate initiative, which is aimed at increasing awareness around the dropout crisis in Central Texas. 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 2/14

KLRU Q - Night at the Movies

This week on Q Night At The Movies, Variety Studio: Actors on Actors visits with stars Mark Ruffalo, Jessica Chastain and more, On Story discusses comedy with Larry Wilmore from The Daily Show, and Ain’t It Cool With Harry Knowles takes on the politics of the Academy Awards. Plus, don’t miss feature film Brodcast News, and two short films from NYU.

Variety Studio: Actors on Actors at 6:30 pm
An intimate conversation between some of the greatest actors working today. Featuring Mark Ruffalo “Foxcatcher” and Jessica Chastain “Interstellar”, Eddie Redmayne “The Theory of Everything” and Laura Dern “Wild”, Josh Brolin “Inherent Vice” and J.K. Simmons “Whiplash”, Kevin Costner “Black and White” and James Corden “Into the Woods”.

On Story at 7:30 pm
Larry Wilmore, the Senior Black Correspondent on The Daily Show and creator of The Bernie Mac Show reflects upon different forms of comedy, his own comic influences, and always looking to maximize comedic potential. Followed by two short films about courage and endurance: Chris Bourke and Kevin Harger’s LOVE, EMILY, and Andrea Gomez’s 036.

Feature film Broadcast News at 8 pm
A reporter (Albert Brooks), a producer (Holly Hunter) and an anchorman (William Hurt) form a triangle in a TV-network news bureau.

Ain’t It Cool With Harry Knowles at 10 pm
Author Ernest Cline, Ready Player One/Armada, joins Harry to discuss problems with the Academy Awards’ system as well as the joy of loving the Oscars. Harry further explores the politics of the Academy Awards and offers a retrospective of over 80 years of cinema, including the process of judging and awarding the “best” in the business.

Film School Shorts at 10:30 pm
The Hunter and the Swan Discuss their Meeting (NYU): A Brooklyn couple have dinner with a hunter and his girlfriend, a magical swan woman whose captured robe led to their courtship. The evening goes one direction – downhill. Written and directed by Emily Carmichael.
God of Love (NYU):2011 Oscar winner for Best Live Action Short, God of Love follows Raymond, an artist who combines singing with his champion dart-throwing ability to harness the power of love. Written and directed by Luke Matheny.

Science Night Feb. 18

Sculptors and archaeologists team up in an attempt to solve the mysteries of the lost city of Petra. Plus, a look at how owls’ keen senses work and an investigation of Earth’s oceans and the threats they face on the Feb. 18 Science Night.

Nature Owl Power at 7 p.m.

For centuries, owls have been fascinating hallmarks of children’s stories and folk tales the world over. What actually makes owls so special? Using the camera technology, computer graphics, x-rays and ultra-microscopes available in the modern world, take a new look at owls in more detail than ever before. The real stories behind how they hunt, how their vision and hearing work, and how they fly so silently are influencing 21st-century technology and design, from high-tech aircraft and submarines to innovative hearing aids.

NOVA Petra — Lost City Of Stone at 8 p.m.

More than two thousand years ago, the thriving city of Petra rose up in the bone-dry desert of what is now Jordan. An oasis of culture and abundance, the city was built by wealthy merchants whose camel caravans transported incense and spices across hundreds of miles from the Arabian Gulf. They carved spectacular temple-tombs into its soaring cliffs, raised a monumental Great Temple at its heart, and devised an ingenious system that channeled water to vineyards, bathhouses, fountains, and pools. But following a catastrophic earthquake and a slump in its desert trade routes, Petra’s unique culture faded and was lost to most of the world for nearly a thousand years. Now, in a daring experiment, an archaeologist and sculptors team up to carve an iconic temple-tomb to find out how the ancient people of Petra built their city of stone. And beyond Petra’s city of the dead, scientists using remote sensors and hydraulic flumes discover a city of the living-complete with a water system that not only supplied 30,000 people with enough to drink, but also filled bathhouses, fountains, and pools with such abundance that some scholars believe this desert metropolis may have been the Las Vegas of the ancient world. The race is on to discover how these nomads created this oasis of culture in one of the harshest climates on earth, and ultimately, why Petra disappeared.

Earth A New Wild Oceans at 9 p.m.

Starting on the most pristine reef on Earth, home to more predators than prey, Sanjayan draws on his own ocean experiences to reveal a vibrant community of scientists, engineers and fishermen who are providing solutions that can help restore the oceans in astonishing ways. He is aware of the vast scale of the threat to our oceans, but standing in the water playing midwife to a large lemon shark is just one of the moments that give him hope that we can turn around our influence on the most important habitat on Earth.

Highlights February 15-21

KLRU Highlights

It’s the quarter-finals of the Great British Baking Show and only five bakers remain. Mary and Paul up the ante to see which bakers will rise to the challenge of creating 36 showstopping doughnuts and more on Sunday at 7 p.m.

On season 5, episode 7 of Downton Abbey, Bates’ train ticket returns to the spotlight. Isobel encounters a surprising obstacle to happiness. An arrival brings new hope, while departures bring both relief and sorrow on Masterpiece Theater at 8 pm on Sunday.

Episode 5 of Grantchester finds Sidney and Geordie on holiday in London where they happen upon a murder, allowing them to show Scotland Yard a thing or two. Masterpiece Mystery! airs Sunday at 9 pm.

Independent Lens feature Through A Lens Darkly tells the story of the pioneering African-American photographers who have recorded the lives and aspirations of generations, from slavery to the present. Through A Lens Darkly airs Monday at 9 pm.

Explore Thurgood Marshall’s life in the years leading up to the landmark Brown v. Board of Education ruling in the compelling biography Mr: Civil RIghts: Thurgood Marshall and the NAACP on Monday at 10 pm.

A team of genealogists uncovers fascinating family histories at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania on Genealogy Roadshow Philadelphia, Tuesday at 7 pm.

Italian Americans, on Tuesday at 8 pm, traces the evolution of Italian Americans from the late 19th century to today. This series peels away myths and stereotypes to reveal a world uniquely Italian and uniquely American.

Mosaic: The Deep Eddy Mural takes us on a journey from inception through dedication of the 1,200 square foot mosaic mural at historic Deep Eddy Pool. Get a peek behind the curtain to understand what it takes to create of a truly monumental work on Tuesday at 10 pm.

For centuries, owls have been fascinating hallmarks of children’s stories and folk tales the world over. What actually makes owls so special? Find out on Nature Owl Power Wednesday at 7 pm.

In a daring experiment, an archaeologist and sculptors team up to carve an iconic temple-tomb to find out how the ancient people of Petra built their city of stone on NOVA Petra – Lost City of Stone at 8 pm on Wednesday.

On Earth A New Wild Oceans, Sanjayan draws on his own ocean experiences to reveal a vibrant community of scientists, engineers and fishermen who are providing solutions that can help restore the oceans in astonishing ways. Airs Wednesday at 9 pm.

Highlights from the inaugural Austin City Limits Hall of Fame presentation on Austin City Limits Wednesday at 10 pm and Friday at 10 pm. Performers include Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Emmylou Harris, Buddy Guy and Double Trouble.

Overheard With Evan Smith sits down with Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Richard Linklater on Thursday at 7 pm.

Arts In Context at 7:30 pm Thursday profiles the Rude Mechs, a group that creates original productions that represent a genre-defying cocktail of big ideas, cheap laughs, and dizzying spectacle.

Chet heads to Athens and Kingsville on back-to-back episodes of The Daytripper at 8 pm on Thursday.

The best of Austin and British Invasion musicians perform in celebration of the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians on ALL ATX – The British Invasion, Thursday at 9 pm.

From his roots as an activist and poet to his indelible mark on Broadway, American Masters – August Wilson captures the legacy of the man some call America’s Shakespeare. Airs Friday at 8 pm.

Austin Revealed: Civil Rights Stories, on at 9:30 pm on Friday, features 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.

Pull together spots for sun or shade with companions that grow together on Central Texas Gardener at noon on Saturday.

Austin City Limits presents modern blues and soul with Gary Clark, Jr. and Alabama Shakes on Saturday at 7 pm.

In the Studio: Hertzberg & Axelrod on Overheard

Overheard taping announcement

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Hendrik Hertzberg on February 17 and David Axelrod on February 25. The tapings will take place in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open 30 minutes prior to the taping time.

Hendrik Hertzberg at 1:45pm on 2/17 RSVP Now

Hendrik Hertzberg is Senior Editor and Staff Writer at The New Yorker. He served as speechwriter for President Jimmy Carter and then as editor and political correspondent for The New Republic. He’s a six-time finalist for the National Magazine Award for Columns and Commentary. He won the award in 2006. Hertzberg is the author of Politics: Observations & Arguments¡Obamanos!: The Birth of a New Political Era, and One Million. Hendrik Hertzberg at 1:45pm on 2/17 RSVP Now

 

David Axelrod at 3:45pm on 2/25 RSVP Now

David Axelrod is a political strategist and former Senior Advisor to President Obama. He ran both of President Obama’s campaigns in 2008 and 2012. In addition to his successful presidential campaigns with President Obama, he’s worked for a number of other big names in Democratic politics – Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, Deval Patrick, and Rahm Emanuel, just to name a few. His memoir, Believer: My Forty Years in Politics, has just been published. He is in Austin to speak and sign copies at the LBJ Presidential Library. David Axelrod at 3:45pm on 2/25 RSVP Now

 

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith continues a fifth 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 Hendrik Hertzberg and David Axelrod. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at klru.org/overheard.

 

Community Cinema: The Homestretch 3/3

Join KLRU and the Austin Public Library for a screening and discussion of The Homestretch on Tuesday, March 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.

Three homeless teens brave Chicago winters, high school pressures, and life on the streets to build a brighter future. Against all odds, they recover from a life of abandonment to create new, surprising definitions of home.

Our guest speakers for the post-documentary discussion will be representatives from Region XIII’s Homeless Education Program and Micah 6 Austin.

Sandy Lawrence
Homeless Education Specialist at Education Service Center Region XIII’s Homeless Education Program
Education Service Center Region XIII’s Homeless Education Program (HEP) has worked with regional school districts, charter schools, and social service agencies for over 20+ years to encourage and support the identification, enrollment, and academic success of children and youth without homes. Sandy Lawrence has managed the Homeless Education Program at Education Service Center since 1990.

Mac McKaskle
Director of Street Youth Programs at Micah 6 Austin

Micah 6 is a coalition of eleven churches in the University of Texas neighborhood who have pooled their social justice ministries to better serve the hungry and homeless in the area. The Micah 6 Street Youth Drop In Center is in its fourth year. Located in the historic University Baptist Church on Guadalupe Street it provides a safe place for street dependent young people to find a respite from the weather, to access the internet and a nutritious meal.

 

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.

African-American Girls in Central Texas Outperform the Boys

GIRLS GRAD RATES
Girl Grad Rates

Courtesy: E3 Alliance

Data from the E3 Alliance show non-low income African-American girls in Central Texas have the highest graduation rate of any group, around 98% for the Class of 2013. 87% of low income African-American girls graduated in the same year. We took a closer look at the data for this weekend’s News Briefs during PBS NewsHour Weekend.

“Our low income black women are not performing at the same level as the not-low income black women but they still are outperforming our boys across the board,” E3 Alliance Executive Director Susan Dawson said. “They’re wanting to become leaders, they’re wanting to demonstrate they have the capabilities to succeed.  In fact, up to three-fourths of young African-American women are enrolling directly into college, as opposed to some student bodies where just 35% or 40% enroll directly into college.”

We wondered why the boys are falling behind, so we look at that on Sunday.

“Enter any kindergarten and you’ll see just as many boys as girls. But, by the time they graduate it’s completely a different number,” Dawson said. “The boys at first are very academic, but by the third or fourth grade you have more of them placed in special ed, you have more that are suspended. Once you get referred to special ed, it’s very hard to get back out.”

 You can find more Central Texas education data on the E3 Alliance’s website.

KLRU News Briefs air locally during PBS NewsHour weekend, Saturday and Sunday evenings at 6:30. Both of these stories are part of KLRU’s American Graduate initiative, which is aimed at increasing awareness around the dropout crisis in Central Texas. 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.