Science Night 9/10

Earthflight, A Nature Special Presentation at 7 pm
Cranes and geese rise over Venice, Dover, Edinburgh and the monkey-guarded Rock of Gibraltar. In Rome, the Loire Valley, Holland and Hungary, birds gather by the millions to breed and two by two to raise their families.

Nova Vaccines: Calling The Shots at 8 pm
Diseases that were largely eradicated 40 years ago are returning. How do parents decide whether to vaccinate or not, and what are the risks to the child and to society? Featuring research scientists, pediatricians, psychologists, anthropologists, and parents, this program travels the globe to look at the science behind vaccinations, track epidemics, and investigate the serious human costs of opting out.

Operation Maneter Crocodile at 9 pm
Mark Evans travels to Namibia’s Chobe River, a place that’s known as the croc attack capital of the world. To find a way to keep both people and crocodiles safe, Mark joins leading croc experts Rom Whitaker and Dr Patrick Aust to carry out a radical new experiment.

 

Highlights Sept. 7-13

KLRU Highlights

From the outside, the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben are the classic London scene, the emblems of British democracy and history. Learn the stories behind these icons on Secrets of Westminster at 7 pm Sunday.

POV at 9 pm Monday presents an emotionally complex story about one family’s struggle to come to terms with Alzheimer’s disease on The Genius of Marian.

From the epicenter of the Ebola outbreak, Frontline at 9 pm Tuesday follows health officials tracking the deadly disease and trying to stop its rampant spread.

SXSW Flashback 2014 at 10:30 pm Tuesday presents highlights from SXSW including Nicolas Cage, Rosario Dawson, Mike Judge, Spandau Ballet, America Ferrera, Diego Luna, and more. Famed felines Lil BUB and Grumpy Cat also appear.

Cranes and geese rise over Venice, Dover, Edinburgh and the monkey-guarded Rock of Gibraltar on Earthflight, a Nature Special at 7 pm Wednesday. In Rome, the Loire Valley, Holland and Hungary, birds gather by the millions to breed and two by two to raise their families.

Diseases that were largely eradicated 40 years ago are returning. Nova at 8 pm Wednesday travels the globe to look at the science behind vaccinations, track epidemics, and investigate the serious human costs of opting out.

Country legends Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell return to Austin City Limits at 10 pm Wednesday, playing favorites and songs from their joint LP Old Yellow Moon.

Singer/songwriter Aimee Mann talks about her career in music on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.

Arts In Context at 7:30 pm Thursday profiles an Austin group that uses puppetry and physical theater to address the impact of climate change on traditional farming societies around the world on Tiny Puppets.

Chet heads to Orange to explore the swamps and waterways of this town on the Louisiana border on The Daytripper at 8:30 pm Thursday.

James McNeill Whistler and the Case for Beauty at 8 pm Friday examines the life and career of the man best known for the painting ”Whistler’s Mother.”

Who influenced your garden design? See how our Spanish and Mexican melting pot impacts us today on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. Visit an historic home where a walled Mission-style garden features a central aqueduct.

Great Performances at 7pm Saturday presents a star-studded celebration of the 200th anniversary of the penning of the country’s national anthem.

 

 

In the Studio: Ian McEwan tapes Overheard 9/9

Overheard taping announcement

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Ian McEwan on September 9 at 2 pm in KLRU’s Studio 6A. Doors open at 1:30pm. The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP now

Ian McEwan is a critically acclaimed, highly distinguished author, whose thirteenth book, The Children Act, is out this month. McEwan has won numerous awards for his writing, including the Somerset Maugham Award in 1976 for his first collection of short stories, First Love, Last Rites. He has been a contender for the Man Booker Prize many times, winning it in 1998 for his novel Amsterdam. He wrote Atonement, which received the WH Smith Literary Award and the National Book Critics’ Circle Fiction Award, and was later made into an Oscar-winning film. The Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas recently acquired McEwan’s archive. He is in Austin for the first American reading of The Children Act on September 10 at the Ransom Center, and part of his archive will be on view in the Ransom Center’s lobby from September 9 to September 25.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith begins 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 Ian McEwan. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at klru.org/overheard

Civic Summit: Mayoral Candidate Forum is now online

Austin voters will elect 10 council members in November from 10 new geographic districts. They’ll also elect a new mayor who will be the only person on the dais tasked with governing the city as a whole. On Wednesday, August 27, KLRU and the Austin Urban Land Institute hosted the first televised mayoral debate of the election cycle.

Steve Adler, Sheryl Cole, Mike Martinez, Todd Phelps and Randall Stephens answered questions from moderator Jennifer Stayton, host of Morning Edition on KUT 90.5, Austin’s NPR station. Most of the conversation centered around transportation as well as how the mayoral candidates plan to manage a larger, more diverse City Council.

Watch the video above to hear each candidate’s plan to move Austin forward. Election Day is November 4.

September 2014 Family Choice

KLRU chooses three programs each month for your family to enjoy and view together. In September 2014, we have the following lined up:

Wednesday, September 3 at 8:00 pmNOVA encores “Ghosts of Machu Picchu.” Perched atop a mountain crest, mysteriously abandoned more than four centuries ago, Machu Picchu is the most famous archeological ruin in the Western hemisphere and an iconic symbol of the power and engineering prowess of the Inca. This program explores the extraordinary trail of clues that began on that fateful day in 1911 when Machu Picchu was discovered by Hiram Bingham and continues to the present.

Saturday, September 13 at 7:00 pm: We have a special live event live from Baltimore’s harbor to mark the 200th anniversary of our National Anthem as GREAT PERFORMANCES presents “Star Spangled Spectacular: The Bicentennial of our National Anthem.”

Saturday, September 27 at 5:00 pm:  The 29th Imagen Awards recognizes and rewards positive portrayals of Latinos in all forms of media, as well as encourages and recognizes the achievements of Latino celebrities in the entertainment and communications industries.

KLRU NewsBriefs: Drought impacts state’s freshwater supply

Matagorda Screenshot

This weekend during PBS NewsHour we have two stories that’ll make you appreciate your local swimming hole over the holiday weekend. Both stories come from our partners at The Texas Tribune.

Labor Day tubers heading for the Guadalupe River may want to watch our story from the Tribune’s Alana Rocha on Saturday. Riders are seeing slower currents and at some spots they have to get out and walk.

“With the reduced spring flow, the speed of the current is so slow that what normally a float trip would require a six-pack – now will require a case,” Bill West of the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority quipped.

A longer version of this story is available on The Texas Tribune’s website.

On Sunday, our story travels further south from Austin, all the way to Matagorda Bay. The state’s second largest estuary is at the intersection of the inter-coastal waterway and the Colorado River. Less rain means less freshwater flowing into the area, which is harming seafood and the businesses that depend on it.

“For the Bay to recover we need several things: we need a lot of rain. Also we need to look for cooperative management of our freshwater inflows into the bay,” Leslie Hartman, Matagorda Bay Ecosystem Leader for Texas Parks and Wildlife said. “Certainly people in Austin need fresh water but our bays need fresh water as well.

You can see an extended version of that story here.

 KLRU NewsBriefs air locally during PBS NewsHour Weekend at 6:30pm on Saturday and Sunday. 

Science Night 9/3

Join us this Wednesday for KLRU’s Science Night!

Soaring with fish eagles, flamingoes, kelp gulls and vultures, Earthflight, A Nature Special PresentationAfrica shows us the most animal-packed continent with fresh eyes. Fly with the most amazing winged creatures at 7 p.m. on KLRU.

Next at 8, NOVA joins a new generation of archeologists as they probe areas of the most famous archeological ruin in the Western hemisphere, Machu Picchu. The team unearths burials of the 15th-century Incans and discovers land untouched since their time on Ghosts of Machu Picchu. Don’t miss the exploration on KLRU!

On Operation Maneater, veterinarian Mark Evans travels to the shores of Canada’s Hudson Bay where polar bears are causing havoc in isolated communities. He joins the Polar Bear Alert team as they transport a captured bear by helicopter to a release site and more on Polar Bear, airing at 9 p.m. Wednesday on KLRU.

Check out the wonders of the world around us this week on KLRU!

Highlights 8/31 to 9/6

KLRU Highlights

POV “After Tiller” at 9 pm Monday presents a probing portrait of four doctors in the United States still openly performing third-trimester abortions in the wake of the 2009 assassination of Dr. George Tiller in Wichita, Kansas.

Cuban Missile Crisis Tuesday at 7 pm  tells the inside story of the Cuban Missile Crisis, exploring how in October 1962 the earth teetered on the very brink of nuclear holocaust.

Fidel Castro Tapes Tuesday at 8 pm uses only news and documentary footage — past and present — to detail the life and times of one of the most controversial political figures of the 20th Century.

Frontline at 9 pm Tuesday shines a light on the hidden world of the North Korean people, drawing on undercover footage from inside the country as well as interviews with defectors who are trying to chisel away at the regime’s influence.

Fly and arrow-dive with cape gannets among sharks, dolphins, whales and the great sardine run on Earthflight: A Nature Special at 7 pm Wednesday. Soar with fish eagles, flamingoes, kelp gulls and vultures to see the most animal-packed continent with fresh eyes.

Nova at 8 pm Wednesday looks inside Machu Picchu, the most famous archeological ruin in the Western hemisphere and an iconic symbol of the power and engineering prowess of the Inca.

Mark Evans travels to the shores of Canada’s Hudson Bay where polar bears are causing havoc in isolated communities on Operation Maneater at 9 pm Wednesday.

Texas country reigns on Austin City Limits Wednesday at 10 pm with Kacey Musgraves and Dale Watson. Contemporary songwriter Musgraves sings tunes from her winning LP Same Trailer Different Park, while honky-tonker Watson plays tunes from throughout his career.

Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday features a conversation with Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson.

The Octopus Project expresses the meaning of “multi” media by creating lively art through music, film and technology on Arts In Context at 7:30 pm Thursday.

Sister Wendy and the Art of the Gospel Thursday at 8 pm uses great old master paintings and some modern paintings to tell us the gospel stories that were once universally familiar, but are now regularly disregarded.

David Suchet In the Footsteps of St. Paul part 1 at 9 pm Thursday begins on the path of St. Paul traveled throughout the Middle East/Asia Minor from Jerusalem to Turkey.

Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace at 8 pm Friday offers a tantalizing look at the intersection of art and fashion.

American Masters “Sister Rosetta Tharpe” at 9 pm Friday tells the life story of the flamboyant African-American gospel superstar.

Since it’s the season to plant, fall into perennials with Nathan Uncleback from Hill Country Water Gardens & Nursery on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. On tour, see how dump claustrophic exotic shrubs for an updated native look. Out in the vegetable garden, John Dromgoole plants garlic.

Country legends Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell return to Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday playing favorites and songs from their joint LP Old Yellow Moon.

 

Q Night at the Movies! 8/30

KLRU Q - Night at the Movies

Stay in and snuggle up this Saturday with our weekly movie night only on KLRU Q!

First, the Hollywood review show Just Seen It airs at 7 p.m. Watch the review show where industry professionals present their takes on current movies and TV shows, and interview Hollywood insiders.

On Story, Austin Film Festival’s original series, investigates the challenges of recreating a real story on film with the episode Based on a True Story. Discuss with Academy-award nominees like the screenwriter of The Fighter and scribe for Reversal of Fortune and At Close Range, and Ron Howard and the team behind Apollo 13. Watch the Austin original program Saturday night at 7:30 on KLRU Q!

Have your popcorn ready for the Hollywood Stars Film Package at 8! The classic action and crime drama Bonnie and Clyde (1967) starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway hits the screen telling the story of the notorious bank-robbing couple.

Don’t miss our night at the movies only on KLRU Q!
KLRU Q is broadcast channel 18.3. It is also available to digital cable subscribers of Grande on 284 and Time Warner on 20.