El Mundo Newspaper’s Back to School Fest 8/20

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With up to 6,000  attendees and over 2,000 students helped in previous years, the El Mundo Newspaper will once again be hosting their Back to School Fest on August 20, 2016 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. KLRU will be in attendance to provide educational resources from PBS Kids programs.

The fest which will offer a variety of health services including: immunizations, nutrition education and health screenings. After completing a minimum of three screening, parents or children will be eligible for a backpack packed with school supplies, while supplies last. All parents or guardians must bring child’s shot records for immunization services.

The event is free and open to the entire community. While there, attendees will have the chance to participate in raffles, music, food and family fun.

Location: Delco Center 4601 Pecan Brook Dr., Austin, TX 78724

In the Studio: Overheard tapes Kelly McEvers 8/28

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Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Kelly McEvers on August 28 at 2:15pm in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 1:45 pm. The event is free but an RSVP is required. Please complete the form here to RSVP.

Kelly McEvers is the host of NPR’s Embedded and co-host of All Things Considered from NPR West in Culver City, California.

McEvers won many awards for her work during the Syrian conflict including a Peabody,Gracie and an Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia Award. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, Slate and The Washington Monthly.

Sunday, August 28 at 2:15pm
KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
Doors at 1:45pm
RSVP
Entrance is based upon capacity

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith kicks off its seventh 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 Kelly McEvers. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at klru.org/overheard.

Funny Ladies on Q Night at the Movies 8/20

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Tune in this week for another amazing lineup of special programming on Q Night at the Movies!

Science Goes to the MoviesStar Trek, Star Wars, and Fantastic Four‘ – airs at 7 pm
Dr. Heather Berlin and Faith Salie are joined by City College physics professor Vinod Menon to discuss how light is used and portrayed in Star Wars, Star Trek, and Fantastic Four.

On StoryCarl Reiner: A Conversation with a TV Legend‘ – airs at 7:30 pm
Carl Reiner discusses working with comedy giants Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore on the influential sitcom, The Dick Van Dyke Show.

Carol Burnett’s Favorite Sketches airs at 8 pm
Join Carol Burnett for her personally selected favorite moments from her long-running comedy series, including sketches from the first five years of the show not seen in decades.

Pioneers of TelevisionFunny Ladies‘ – airs at 9:30 pm
This episode includes the first standup comediennes to appear on television, including Joan Rivers and the late Phyllis Diller. Funny Ladies also looks at Lucille Ball’s breakthrough on I Love Lucy and the sitcom stars who followed, including Mary Tyler Moore, Betty White and Marla Gibbs. Also, television’s most beloved variety star, Carol Burnett.

Mary Tyler Moore: A Celebration – airs at 10:30 pm
View dozens of classic TV and movie clips and hear comments from Moore’s co-stars and Moore herself. Oprah Winfrey recounts Moore’s critical role in inspiring her – and millions of others – as TV’s first independent career woman.

 

CASA Superhero Run 9/18

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Everyone wants to be a superhero, right?

By running for the cause, you can be the superhero you’ve always wanted for children that have been abused and neglected. The CASA Superhero Run will take place Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016 at Domain Central Park. 1458849274289

CASA of Travis County, CASA of Williamson County & CASA of Central Texas (Caldwell, Comal, Guadalupe & Hays Counties) will be hosting the event to raise awareness for children who’ve been abused and neglected. CASA speaks up for children by empowering our community to volunteer as advocates for them in the court system.

There will be a choice between two runs, a 5k and a kids 1k. Everyone is encouraged to register to race, donate to kids, fundraise for the cause or do all 3!

EVENT DAY SCHEDULE
7:00 am – Registration/Check-In (T-Shirt and Bib Pick-Up), Costume Contest and Superhero Activities
8:00 am – 5K
9:15 am – Kids 1K with Villains to Chase (Time approximate, Costume Contest Judging Ends when Kids 1K Starts)
Superhero Dance Party & Awards Ceremony after Kids 1K

REGISTRATION FEES5K:
$30 through Wednesday, August 31st
$35 through Tuesday, September 13th
$40 through race weekend
+ $5 for Optional Chip Timing

Kids 1K:
$20 through Tuesday, September 13th
$25 through race weekend

Science Wednesday: Trans-Neptunian object rebels against the odds of our solar system

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This latest space news is truly rebellious.

Scientists have discovered a trans-Neptunian object (TNO) that has a new retrograde and is traveling around the sun at an extreme 110° tilt. A TNO is “a faint, minor planet located outside the orbit of Neptune,” according to Nova Next.

This discovery is so unique because it defies the odds that exist in the plane of our solar system. The study’s authors have given it the fitting nickname of “Niku” after the Chinese word for rebellious.

The study points out that most scattered disk objects have typical inclinations less than 30° to 40°, suggesting that Niku could indicate the existence of a large population with similar orbits in this region.

All eight planets in our solar system travel in the same direction, however, this new trans-Neptunian object orbits in retrograde, meaning it travels in the opposite direction.

Theoretically, Niku could point astronomers to the famed, undiscovered Planet Nine but there is nothing concrete to validate that theory and scientists remain confused about the TNO’s angle and orbit.

As Shannon Hall from New Scientist reports:

To grasp how truly rebellious it is, remember that a flat plane is the signature of a planetary system, as a star-forming gas cloud creates a flat disk of dust and gas around it. “Angular momentum forces everything to have that one spin direction all the same way,” says Bannister. “It’s the same thing with a spinning top, every particle is spinning the same direction.”

That means anything that doesn’t orbit within the plane of the solar system or spins in the opposite direction must have been knocked off course by something else.

This video from New Scientist explains more:

You can read the entire study here.

 

BBQ with Franklin: Our picks from PBS Digital Studios

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Every Austinite has experienced the enormous line for barbecue at Aaron Franklin’s downtown restaurant Franklin’s Barbecue. In this week’s picks from PBS Digital Studios’ BBQ with Franklin, Franklin himself will share how-to’s on some of his favorite recipes – no line included.

Beef Jerky – BBQ with Franklin

Looking for a quick and easy snack? In this segment, Franklin will teach you how to prepare and make your own delicious beef jerky.

Smokin’ Sausage – BBQ with Franklin

Sausage is a staple in Central Texas barbecue, and there’s not much to it! In this episode, Franklin will teach you his method of smoking sausage and see the difference between a perfectly cooked sausage and an overcook sausage.

Beef Ribs – BBQ with Franklin 

Join Franklin as he takes you step by step into preparing mouth-watering ribs!

Highlights August 14-20

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In flashbacks, listen to Stanley’s interviews with Louis, Jessie and Carla. The conversations touch on fame, prejudice, music, inequality, the aristocracy, ambition, fandom, family, education and more. Watch on Sunday on Dancing On The Edge. Show starts at 7 pm.

On this week’s episode of Inspector Lewis, Lewis and Hathaway anticipate more murders when they find an alchemic image purposefully left at the scene of an Oxford dean’s bludgeoning death. A tattoo on his body and those of two more victims leads to a frantic effort to prevent another murder. Watch at 8 pm.

At 9 pm on Tunnel, things take a nasty turn for Karl as police get within a hair’s breadth of catching the killer. Will they be in time?

Monday at 7 pm, look back to 2001 to learn what has since happened in the antiques market. Highlights include a John Lehman stoneware jug from around 1870, a 34-Star Civil War flag and a Rene Portocarrero painting, ca. 1958. Which item’s valuation soared to $125,000? Watch on Antiques Roadshow.

Jimmy Carter: American Experience follows at 8 pm. This film traces the ascent of an ambitious country boy from a peanut farm in Plains, Georgia, to the Oval Office; it examines the failings of Jimmy Carter’s political leadership in the context of the turbulent 1970s; and explores the role religion played in his career.

Next at 10 pm, Two Feet from the Audience is a documentary that looks at the movement which brings classical music to non-traditional and alternative venues, such as nightclubs and bars, in order to both introduce and revive interest in this genres to audiences who have not traditionally sought out classical music performances.

Kelsey Carroll has one goal – to graduate from high school – and plenty of reasons why she shouldn’t. She attends a school with one of the highest dropout rates in New Hampshire and has dealt with homelessness, sexual abuse, and ADHD. As a freshman, she didn’t earn a single academic credit, but she did get suspended for dealing drugs. ‘Who Cares About Kelsey?‘ is the story of Kelsey’s transformation from a defiant and disruptive “problem student” to a motivated and self-confident young woman. Watch at 7 pm.

Next at 8 pm, tune into Reagan: American Experience. A former actor whose opponents consistently underestimated him, Reagan became a passionate ideologue who preached a gospel of lower taxes, less government and anti-Communism-a president who preferred to see America as a shining city on a hill.

From 1972 to 1974 the Watergate scandal was frequently a part of The Dick Cavett Show. In fact, Cavett was at the forefront of national TV coverage, interviewing nearly every major Watergate figure as the crisis unfolded. Dick Cavett’s Watergate, documents the scandal in the words of the people who lived it: from the botched burglary at the Democratic National Headquarters; to the must-see TV of the daily Congressional Watergate hearings; to the on-going behind-the-scenes battle between the White House and The Dick Cavett Show; culminating with the resignation of the President of the United States on August 9, 1974.

On Wednesday at 7 pm watch Nature‘s ‘Nature’s Perfect Partners.’ Learn the value of teamwork among animal partners, even ones as odd but perfect as hippo and fish. There are times in life when all you need is a little help. Sea and land animals collaborate using brainpower to solve complex problems and stay alive.

In 1989, after two terms in office, Ronald Wilson Reagan left the White House one of the most popular presidents of the 20th century – and one of the most controversial. When his Hollywood career began to wane, Reagan turned to politics. One by one, his opponents underestimated him; one by one, Reagan surprised them, rising to become a president who always preferred to see America as a “shining city on a hill.” Watch at 8 pm on Reagan: American Experience.

At 10:30 pm on Austin City Limits, explore contemporary California rock with Los Lobos and Thao & The Get Down Stay Down. Veteran rockers Los Lobos perform a 40th anniversary career overview. Lively folk rockers Thao & The Get Down Stay Down play songs from their LP We the Common.

Thursday at 7 pm, watch George H.W. Bush: American Experience. H.W. Bush examines Bush’s service in World War II, and his early career in Texas, to his days in the Oval Office, first as Vice President to Ronald Reagan, then as the leader who presided over the first Gulf War. Drawing upon Bush’s personal diaries and interviews with his closest advisors and most prominent critics, the film also explores Bush’s role as the patriarch of a political family whose influence is unequaled in modern American life. Part one examines Bush’s childhood, early career in Texas, his courtship of Barbara Bush and his rise in the Republican Party.

Later at 10 pm on The Daytripper, Chet heads to “Big D” to explore all that’s happening He views town from the top of Reunion Tower and visits the Perot Science Museum. In Deep Ellum, Chet eats authentic Texas BBQ, and in the Bishop Arts District he shops at “Mantiques” and visits an experimenting chocolatier. He takes a bike ride on the urban trails along the Trinity River, then polishes off the day serving chicken biscuits.

At 10:30 pm, stay tuned for another episode of The Daytripper. Chet explores the east side of Texas’s capital city exploring its food trucks, a modern butcher shop, and a house museum that “Keeps Austin Weird.” He visit the Texas State Cemetery with the graves of past Texans including “Father of Texas” Stephen F. Austin, and then pushes his lack of athleticism to the extreme on an obstacle course.

On Friday at 8 pm, discover the story behind the pioneering outlaw country music supergroup that featured Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson, told through vintage performances and new interviews about life on the road and in the studio. Watch on Highwaymen: American Masters.

Next at 9:30 pm on Highwaymen Live At Nassau Coliseum, join Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson -“the Mt. Rushmore of country music”- for this live concert recorded in 1990. The Highwaymen perform classics like “Big River,” “Me and Bobby McGee” and “Always on My Mind.”

Meet the mistakes that don’t really conserve water. See how a gardener attracts wildlife all year. Watch at noon on Central Texas Gardener.

Saturday at 7 pm, celebrate Joan Baez’ birthday with guests David Bromberg, Jackson Browne, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Judy Collins, David Crosby, Emmylou Harris, Indigo Girls, Damien Rice, Mavis Staples, Nano Stern, Richard Thompson and Paul Simon. Tune into Joan Baez 75th Birthday Celebration.

 

Q Night at the Movies 8/13

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Clint Eastwood, Norman Lear and The Man With The Golden Arm! Cath them all on Q Night at the Movies.

Science Goes to the MoviesAmerican Sniper and Grad Torino‘ – airs at 7 pm
Co-hosts Faith Salie and Dr. Heather Berlin are joined by Gerard Ilaria, from Weill Cornell Medical Center’s Headstrong Project, and Derek Coy, a U.S. Marine Corp veteran, to discuss post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as it relates to the Clint Eastwood-directed films, American Sniper and Gran Torino.

On StoryNorman Lear – A Retrospective‘ – airs at 7:30 pm
Perhaps one of the most influential contributors to the landscape of situational comedies and progressive writing in Hollywood, Norman Lear transformed a genre known for play-it-safe humor into a platform for how Americans experience social issues. In this week’s On Story, Lear remembers a few of his favorite episodes and how he created some of the most beloved characters in the history of tv.

Corinth Film CollectionThe Man With The Golden Arm‘ – airs at 8 pm
Frankie Machine (Frank Sinatra) is a skilled card dealer and one-time heroin addict. When he returns home from jail, he struggles to find a new livelihood and to avoid slipping back into addiction.

 

Science Wednesday: Bacteria in our gut has been there since before we were born

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Bacteria is all around us, on top of us, and even inside us, but did you know some of that bacteria has been passed down to us for millions of years?

The bacteria inside our guts has been there since before we were born and has been coevolving with hominids for millions of years, according to a new study published in Science.

We, along with apes, have a micro biome comprised of a collection of bacteria that’s living inside our guts, but it has long been unclear whether these microbes are coming from our environment or our ancestors.

The Research

To answer that question, a team of international scientists began to study poop. They isolated bacteria from fecal matter that came from chimpanzees in Tanzania, bonobos in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, gorillas in Cameroon, and humans from Connecticut.

Science reports that from the samples they collected they compared the DNA sequences of a single rapidly evolving gene common in the gut of apes, including humans. The DNA gene sequences were then sorted out into family trees.

Conclusions

The study found that two of the three major gut bacteria in apes and humans arose from an ancient bacteria that lived in the guts of our ancestors, suggesting that evolution plays a bigger role than was previously thought in the makeup of our intestinal micro biomes.

“Gut bacteria therefore are not simply acquired from the environment, but have coevolved for millions of years with hominids to help shape our immune systems and development,” the study says.

To break it down, Science says that “as the different species of apes diverged from this ancestor, their gut bacteria also split into new strains, and coevolved in parallel…to adapt to differences in the diets, habitats, and diseases in the gastrointestinal tracts of their hosts.”

It turns out that the bacteria in our guts has existed over a span of more than 15 million years of evolution and will continue to be passed on.

To learn more about this study, you can read the article from Science.

Winter is coming, the universe may be expanding and Earth’s shape: Our picks from PBS Digital Studios

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Science doesn’t come easy to some individuals— those usually turn into English, philosophy or communication studies majors. Though, you may still need to register for that dreaded Astronomy course you’ve been putting off until your senior year. This week’s picks from PBS Digital Studios are here to help you stop seeing stars when it comes to your science homework.

Is an Ice Age Coming?PBS Space Time

In a world where you can’t get away from a viral picture of a polar bear and its cub floating on a melted piece of ice, studies suggest that the current ‘warm period’ may be coming to an end. Sure, we’re in a brief interglacial phase, a summery-stretch which causes the glaciers to retreat, but these interglacial periods are short lived— so you might want to stock up on some parkas. Is an Ice Age really coming? Watch the episode to find out!


Will the Universe Expand Forever? – PBS Space Time

Dump all information regarding how large the Universe is out of your mind because scientists are currently unaware of its size. Truthfully, the Universe may be finite or infinite—strange, right? Even stranger, the expansion of the Universe will be dominated by a mysterious influence: dark energy. Yeah, it’s crazy.

Why is the Earth Round and the Milky Way Flat? – PBS Space Time

Our Universe creates some pretty cool things, right? But why do the planets, the stars and galaxies take on different shapes? They’re all held together by gravity, so how do they decide what shape to be? This episode of Space Time uncovers the two key principles behind these questions!