KLRU Mayoral Forum August 27 – Presented with the Austin Urban Land Institute

Civic Summit

By now you’ve probably heard the news: Austin voters will elect 10 council members in November from 10 new geographic districts. They’ll also elect a new mayor, the only person on the dais tasked with governing the city as a whole. KLRU and the Austin Urban Land Institute are excited to announce we will host one of the first mayoral debates of the election cycle, just days after filing closes, moderated by Jennifer Stayton of KUT News.

During Civic Summit: Mayoral Candidate Forum we’ll hear each candidate’s plan to move Austin forward and find out how each will navigate a new council structure with 10 distinct points of view.

To participate in the forum candidates must have officially filed all of the necessary paperwork required to appear on the ballot. Each candidate must also show evidence of a campaign. That includes, but is not limited to, distribution of volunteers and contributors, presence of a headquarters, campaign staff, and campaign appearances. Candidacy must also be significant, meaning the candidate can demonstrate voter interest and support either in the form of independent and reliable polling or media coverage.

The forum will take place in KLRU’s Studio 6A on August 27 starting at 7pm and will be open to the public. Doors open at 6:30pm. An RSVP link will be coming soon. The forum will be broadcast on KLRU the following evening, Thursday, August 28 at 8pm.

Q Night at the Movies! 7/26

KLRU Q - Night at the Movies

Saturday, KLRU Q hosts its weekly movie night – see what new reviews and feature film we have in store for you this week!

First, the film review show Just Seen It airs at 7 p.m. on KLRU Q. On this episode of Just Seen It reviews Woody Allen’s latest film, Magic in the Moonlight,and the indie comedy starring Anna Kendrick, Happy Christmas. Then, an interview with Lance Bass about the new documentary he has produced, Kidnapped for Christ.

Then, Austin Film Festival’s program On Story airs its episode James Franco: A Look Inside 127 Hours at 7:30 p.m. Franco reveals the unique experience of the making of the film, followed by the allegorical short film Voice Over about a few extreme situations that literally take your breath away.

Alas, the Hollywood Stars Film Package begins at 8 p.m. with the 1967 classic, Cool Hand Luke. Paul Newman plays a likable Southern loner on a chain gang that transforms the other gang members as he resists the captain and keeps trying to escape.

Following the feature film is the biographical series, Janson Movie Star Package, at 10:10 p.m. with the episode Burt Lancaster: Daring to Reach. From street-wise tough to art-collector liberal-activist, from circus-acrobat hunk to Academy Award winner, this movie star’s story has never a dull moment.

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

Science Night 7/30

Get some refreshing scientific knowledge this Wednesday night on KLRU!

Starting at 7 p.m., the series My Wild Affair tells the story of The Rhino Who Joined the Family. After being saved from a flood in the Zambezi River, Rupert the rhino grew up in the suburban home of a wildlife vet. Even after his release back into the wild, the vet’s four children remember their friend and seek to find his fate after fifty years.

Then, NOVA travels back in time in the fascinating land of Australia on Australia’s First 4 Billion Years: Monsters. Starting at 8 p.m., see some of the largest, most dangerous reptiles that ruled this land.

Take a deeper look into the cute, bouncy and wildly unique world of marsupials on Sex in the Wild: Kangaroos. Beyond the Outback of Australia where kangaroos thrive, hosts Joy and Mark take us to Queensland to see how tree-living koalas defy gravity to reproduce. Don’t miss the special Wednesday at 9 p.m. on KLRU!

Highlights 7/27 – 8/2

KLRU Highlights

Check out what’s new this week on KLRU!

Sunday night, an all-new episode of the irresistible British comedy-drama Last Tango in Halifax airs at 7. This week, shocking news about Kate is revealed, and Celia reluctantly introduces Alan to her sister.

The classic series of Masterpiece Mystery!, Poirot Season 12, airs at 8 p.m. Sunday. This hour-and-a-half special features Hercule Poirot thrown into global espionage as World War II approaches, based on the novel by Agatha Christie.

Mysteries continue Sunday night with an episode of Father Brown at 9:30, followed by the drama Doc Martin at 10:20 p.m.

On Monday, travel the U.S. with Antiques Roadshow back-to-back at 7 and 8 p.m. First, the antique experts head to Des Moines, Iowa to find a 1934 Rambling MIckey Mouse toy in its original box, along with a Samuel McIntire medallion worth between $200,000 and $300,000. Then, the roadshow hits Louisville, featuring James Dean’s high school yearbook.

At 9 on Monday night, a special POV documentary, Fallen City, airs on KLRU. A small city devastated by an earthquake is impressively rebuilt in two years, but the survivors continue to suffer their losses.

Musician Sarah Brightman has always dreamed of traveling to space, which inspired her album Dreamchaser. Recently announced, her dream will tentatively come true. Watch the enchanting taping of her performance, Sarah Brightman: Dreamchaser In Concert, Monday night at 10.

The first episode of the Ken Burns saga Mark Twain airs on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The film takes us through Sam Clemens’ early days on the Mississippi River, until eventually transforming into the revolutionary Mark Twain, writing Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

Next, Frontline breaks down the complicated conflict of the war in the Middle East on the special Losing Iraq, airing at 9 p.m. Tuesday. Frontline gathers exclusive interviews, showing how Iraq itself is coming undone, how we got here, what went wrong and what happens next.

Then at 10:30 Tuesday night, conflict closer to home is examined on the POV documentary, Getting Back to Abnormal. A political conflict in the charming, cultural city of New Orleans is excavated, as a city council candidate threatens the influence and power of black citizens.

Don’t miss KLRU’s Science Night on Wednesday! Starting at 7 p.m., My Wild Affair tells the story of The Rhino Who Joined the Family. An orphaned black rhinoceros is temporarily taken in by a veterinarian, causing his four children to create a strong bond. Years later, the children seek to find out the fate of their childhood friend.

Then at 8 Wednesday night, NOVA investigates what roamed the enchanting continent of prehistoric Australia. Australia’s First 4 Billion Years: Monsters recreates the massive, dangerous reptiles that dominated the land.

More adventures into the wild Wednesday night at 9 – Sex In The Wild‘s episode Kangaroos reveals the fascinating nature of the marsupial’s mating.

End the night of learning with some live music on Austin City Limits with the French band Phoenix at 10 p.m. Wednesday.

Tune in to some local shows Thursday night on KLRU! First at 7, Overheard with Evan Smith interviews Mark Kelly, a former astronaut, U.S. Naval officer and one of the most influential gun violence prevention advocates in the nation.

Next at 7:30 p.m., Arts In Context zooms in on a one-of-a-kind group, The Octopus Project. Expressing their art through multimedia such as music, film and technology, producing lively party music and shows has gained their popularity since 2002.

Another episode of KLRU’s Arts In Context, Mother Falcon, airs at 8 p.m. Thursday. Tise indie rock band started as three cellists and are accelerating into stardom.

Watch as The Daytripper heads to H-Town at 8:30 Thursday night! Starting in Chinatown, Chet heads to the Museum District and ends up in the Montrose area.

At 9 Thursday night, the special and exclusive story Codebreakers: Bletchley Park’s Lost Heroes gives credit to the geniuses Tommy Flowers and Bill Tutte that intercepted Hitler’s hotline leading to D-day, and beginning the age of computers.

Get caught up with current events and news with political discussion and interview experts on Washington Week with Gwen Ifill Friday night at 7, followed by Moyers & Company at 7:30 p.m. on KLRU.

At 8 on Friday night, a special Great Performances episode airs on KLRU with Dudamel Conducts the Verdi Requiem at the Hollywood Bowl. In honor of the 2013 Giuseppe Verdi bicentennial, Music Director Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic perform a concert of Verdi’s towering Requiem Mass at the Hollywood Bowl.

This Saturday, head out to the garden with Central Texas Gardener. The episode What’s Bugging You? visits a Texas A&M entomologist, a landscape architect that attracts wildlife to her garden, and an organic farmer that conserves water with vegetables. Watch at noon or 4 p.m. on KLRU!

On Saturday night at 7, Austin City Limits showcases the best alternative rock with Jim James and the Black Angels. My Morning Jacket leader James plays tunes from his debut solo album, while the Angels highlight cuts from their latest LP Indigo Meadow.

On the rest of your Saturday night, dig into some mysteries with Father Brown at 8 p.m. and Masterpiece Mystery!: Poirot Season 12, The Big Four at 8:50.

KLRU NewsBriefs air a Texas Tribune Investigation: Hurting for Work

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This weekend during PBS NewsHour we partnered with The Texas Tribune to bring you part of their investigation Hurting for Work You can see extended versions of these stories and other stories in the investigation here.

On Saturday, Texas Tribune Multimedia Reporter Alana Rocha tells the story of Santiago Arias. In 2006 Arias fell two stories to the ground while working for a contractor in Houston. He now has no feeling from the chest down. He only remembers waking up in the hospital.

“I could hear [people in the hospital], but I couldn’t express anything. I could hear them say I was quadriplegic, but I didn’t know what that was,” Arias said.

His employer did not carry workers’ compensation insurance. Texas is the only state in the country that doesn’t require employers to provide coverage.

You can see and read an extended version of Arias’ story here.

On Sunday, part two of the Tribune investigation focuses on Crystal Davis. Davis’ husband, Wayne Davis, died while traveling from their home to a Burger King franchise. He worked as a sales, profit and operations coach for Burger King and was among the 81 percent of Texas workers covered by worker’s compensation insurance.

Davis had to fight to receive payments from the insurance company, which claimed her husband was not working when he died. Just days after The Texas Tribune’s reporting of Davis’ case, the insurance company dropped their lawsuit against Davis and her two children.

You can see and read the extended version of Davis’ story here.

Both stories were produced by The Texas Tribune. They air on KLRU during PBS NewsHour Weekend at 6:30pm on Saturday and Sunday. 

 

Q Night at the Movies! 7/19

KLRU Q - Night at the Movies

This Saturday, skip the theater and have a movie night at home on KLRU Q!

Starting at 7 p.m., a new episode of Just Seen It shows us previews and reviews of the newest films. This week, see what they think of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, then check out inventive director Michel Gondry’s latest film, Mood Indigo, starring Audrey Tatou. Finally, we weigh in on Zach Braff’s long-awaited follow up to Garden State, Wish I Was Here.

Next at 7:30 p.m., Austin Film Festival’s On Story airs on KLRU Q. This week examines the vision, style, influences, and creative passion for Jonathan Demme’s The Silence of the Lambs, Stop Making Sense, Rachel Getting Married and Something Wild.

Then, the Hollywood Stars Film Package begins at 8 with the 2008 blockbuster Slumdog Millionaire. A young man from the slums of Mumbai participates in the Indian version of the show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and wins, which then attracts suspicion of foul play. The film was nominated for 10 Academy Awards, won 8 including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Don’t miss the feature film and exclusive insiders only on Q Night at the Movies!

Science Night 7/23

This Wednesday, learn something new on KLRU’s Science Night!

First, the series My Wild Affair tells the story of The Ape Who Went to College at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Chantek, the orangutan raised as a human child on an American university campus during the 70s and 80s, describes himself an “orangutan person.”

Then at 8 p.m., NOVA‘s special Australia: Life Explodes shows us how fossils revealed how life’s explosion in the ocean was recreated on dry land.

In Borneo, we learn more about monkeys: Sex in the Wild‘s episode on Orangutans. Watch as Mark and Joy uncover the latest scientific theories about how these kings exert their power over other males and seduce females in their territory at 9 p.m. Wednesday on KLRU.

Highlights 7/20-7/26

KLRU Highlights

Don’t forget to find out what we have in store for you this week on KLRU! Here are the highlights:

Sunday night, we have back-to-back all-new episodes of your favorites. Starting at 7 p.m., the reality drama Last Tango in Halifax shows the elderly newlyweds Celia and Alan holding another wedding ceremony, along with interfamilial disagreements. Then, the hit series Masterpiece Mystery! debuts the new episode Endeavour, Season 2: Neverland at 8 p.m. Watch as Morse investigates the cases of a missing boy, a dead journalist and an absconder from an open prison.

Next, watch more mystery solving on KLRU with an episode of Father Brown Sunday night at 9:30 on KLRU.

Monday night, catch back-to-back episodes of Antiques Roadshow on KLRU! First, a revisit to Salt Lake City checks out the antiques discovered on the show in 1999, plus many more, including Napoleonic prisoner-of-war pieces. Then, the show hits the road to Milwaukee to find more valuable treasures. Watch the Roadshow starting at 7 p.m. Monday!

Monday night then features a POV original documentary, Dance For Me at 9. A story about Denmark’s professional ballroom dancing culture, 15-year-old Russian performer Egor leaves home and family to team up with 14-year-old Mie, one of Denmark’s most promising young dancers.

In case you missed it, the new SXSW Flashback of 2014 airs Monday night at 10:30. Stars of the special include Nicolas Cage, Rosario Dawson, Mike Judge and more, only on KLRU!

80 years after his peak, people are still fascinated with the celebrity gangster Al Capone. The program Al Capone: Icon takes a closer look at the figure and his effect on American culture Tuesday night at 7 on KLRU.

Another mobster special premieres with the series History Detectives Special Investigations attempting to find out Who Killed Jimmy Hoffa? at 8 p.m. Tuesday. Hoffa, a hero to many working Americans, played a major role in the growth and development of the trucking union – then disappeared for good in July of 1975. Many mob conspiracies were investigated, but the former Teamsters president was never found. Check out the hunt through history on KLRU!

Then, an all-new Frontline, Poor Kids, airs at 9 on Tuesday night. At a time when one in five American kids lives below the poverty line, the story of three young girls is an intimate portrait of the economic crisis as it’s rarely seen, through the eyes of children.

The film Room to Breathe shows more intimate portrayals of underprivileged American children. The surprising story of the transformation of struggling kids in a San Francisco public middle school airs at 10 p.m. on Tuesday.

Wednesday night, KLRU features its weekly science night! First, My Wild Affair tells the story of The Ape Who Went to College at 7 p.m. Taught to speak in sign language, Chantek is now living among his own kind at Zoo Atlanta, although he describes himself as an “orangutan person.”

Next at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, NOVA‘s episode Australia: Life Explodes uses fossils to reveal how life’s explosion in the ocean was recreated on dry land.

There’s even more monkey business on KLRU science night on Sex in the Wild: Orangutans. Our close cousins are the largest tree dwellers, mating high in the jungle canopy. Learn about the art of reproduction in the wild at 9 p.m. Wednesday on KLRU.

Relax after these fascinating shows with Sarah Jarosz’s and The Milk Carton Kids’ Austin City Limits performances. Both acoustic talents, multi-instrumentalist Jarosz highlights her album Build Me Up From Bones; then, the Milk Carton Kids play folk songs from their LP The Ash & Clay.

The filmmaker Richard Linklater is a special guest on Overheard with Evan Smith Thursday night at 7. His newest film, Boyhood, was filmed over 12 years with the same cast and is already generating Oscar buzz. Check out the exclusive interview only on KLRU!

Another of our local programs, Arts In Context: transFIGURATION explores the very nature of authorship of art and the resultant cultural response. See how artists destroy their own portrait and recover or remake it Thursday night at 7:30.

Sarah Brightman’s new album Dreamchaser is inspired by the beauty and wonder of outer space, and her lifelong dream to travel there. She is due to become the first musician to travel to the International Space Station. The special premiere of Sarah Brightman: Dreamchaser in Concert follows the beginning of her journey with her performance outside of London, airing Thursday night at 8 p.m. on KLRU.

The new episode of the series Bletchley Circle airs at 9 p.m. Thursday! On Uncustomed Goods, Part 2, Millie’s abduction into a crime ring leaves her determined to help the victims of human trafficking she met.

Finally, wrap up your Thursday night with the episode The Hungry Earth of Doctor Who Series 5 at 10 p.m. on KLRU.

PBS’ acclaimed political discussion programs, Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and Moyers & Company, air at 7 and 7:30 respectively on Friday evening. Get caught up with the latest news from these broadcast journalism veterans and experts as they interview key figures and discuss controversial topics.

Watch as an all-star cast pays tribute to Tina Fey, the contemporary comedic icon. Tina Fey: The Mark Twain Prize dedicates a feature to the winner of the 13th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Don’t miss the hilarious special at 8 p.m. Friday on KLRU.

Saturday, Central Texas Gardener brings bromeliads to the garden to keep it drought-resistant. Also, a family picks intrigue over lawn on this week’s episode Structure Up With Bromeliads, airing at noon and 4 p.m. on KLRU.

Phoenix takes the stage on Austin City Limits Saturday night at 7. Watch as the French band performs their greatest hits!

The rest of KLRU’s Saturday night is filled with PBS’ hit mystery dramas. An episode of Father Brown airs at 8 p.m., followed by an episode of Masterpiece Mystery! at 8:50.

Don’t miss what’s new this week on KLRU!

Fisher v. University of Texas: Update

It’s been more than a year since the United States Supreme Court issued its ruling in Fisher v. University of Texas. If you’ve been following the story, you already know that ruling was a cliffhanger, more like the middle of a story than the end. Instead of announcing a final, unassailable decision, the Court made an unusual choice. The justices sent the case back to a lower court, ordering the 5th Circuit to take another look at the arguments and the facts.

On Tuesday afternoon, the 5th Circuit announced its decision, a 2-1 ruling that upholds the current system of admissionsat The University of Texas. That tells us how this chapter of the Fisher story ends. But we also know that the story continues – perhaps with a new appeal to the Supreme Court, and almost certainly with future lawsuits by other plaintiffs against other schools.

If you haven’t been following the case closely, here’s what you need to know.  In 2008, a young woman named Abigail Fisher brought a lawsuit challenging the use of race in undergraduate admissions at The University of Texas. At the time,Fisher v. University of Texas was the latest in a long line of cases examining the use of race in university admissions – in California, in Michigan, and nationwide. It was also the third major case looking at the role of race and admissions at UT. Fisher’s case moved quickly through the district court, then reached the 5th Circuit; both upheld the university’s admissions policies. Fisher appealed to the US Supreme Court, which took the case and heard oral arguments in the fall of 2012.

In May of last year, KLRU aired a documentary called Admissions on Trial: Seven Decades of Race and Higher Education, an award-winning project that was co-produced by Villita Media and directed by Lynn Boswell. Our goal was to provide clear and unbiased context for the Fisher case by exploring the history of race and admissions at The University of Texas, and by examining the debate about race in admissions nationwide. Less than a month after our initial broadcast, the Supreme Court announced its decision in Fisher. Remanding the case to a lower court sent a clear signal that Fisher was not yet over, and a strong message that this story is one that will remain important for a long time to come.

In the year since Admissions on Trial first ran, this story has continued to develop rapidly. The Supreme Court upheld Michigan’s ban on affirmative action at state universities, which had been passed by voters as a constitutional amendment. Edward Blum and the Project on Fair Representation – backers of Abigail Fisher’s suit – have begun seeking plaintiffs to challenge admissions at three more universities. And people across the nation have continued to talk about many of the hottest hot-button questions surrounding higher education, including defining equality of access, ensuring that students who enroll in college graduate, and figuring out how students who are accepted to college can afford to attend.

These questions impact a wide variety of people: applicants and admissions officers; students and their parents; activists and university administrators; employers and society as a whole. People with a wide range of opinions have told us they believe questions about the role of race in admissions matter so much simply because education matters so much – as a door to opportunity and a foundation for life-long success. Fairness, we have been told, is crucial. The difference comes because the definition of that fairness can vary so widely.

KLRU plans to examine this latest development in the Fisher case with an updated documentary – a look at recent events and an exploration of what’s likely to come next as the debate about race-conscious admissions evolves. The project will include a website and lesson plans to expand the project’s impact and reach. We hope you’ll join us as we continue our work on this important topic.