AISD Interim Superintendent answers questions in Civic Summit

Austin ISD Interim Superintendent, Dr. Paul Cruz, is the sole finalist to become the permanent superintendent. Until the school board officially confirms him, AISD is hosting 5 community forums around the district. KLRU hosted one of those forums Tuesday evening in Studio 6A. Civic Summit: Student & Teacher Townhall will air Thursday, January 22, at 9pm.

During the hour-long discussion, hosted by Judy Maggio, Dr. Cruz spoke about a variety of issues facing the district including the school finance lawsuit, expanding pre-K, working with the newly elected City Council, equity among students, and so much more. PBS Student Reporting Labs All-Star and local high school senior Kennedy Huff fielded questions from our studio audience, made up of students, educators, parents, and community members.

The full show will be posted online on January 22. Until then, you can watch excerpts in the YouTube playlist above.

This Civic Summit was part of KLRU’s American Graduate initiative. As an American Graduate station, KLRU is seeking a clearer understanding of the nature and impact of the dropout problem in our region, and is partnering with organizations working to increase graduation rates. You can find more information about the initiative by visiting: klru.org/americangraduate.

Straus Re-Elected House Speaker

Representative Joe Straus will return to his role as House Speaker after a landslide win over Representative Scott Turner.

Turner has worked over the past year to curry favor with conservatives in order to unseat Rep. Straus as Speaker.  It was a campaign that led Straus to make veiled comments about Turner’s efforts to turn fellow Republicans against him in the vote for Speaker.

“Leading up to this day, a small number sought to divide us with misleading and personal attacks,” Straus said after being sworn in as Speaker. “But you can not effectively govern this House by dividing it.”

Straus garnered 127 votes over Turner’s 19.  This is the first time since 1975 that the House has held a contested vote for the Speaker of the House.

Overheard guests win big at Golden Globes

We’ve spoken to a number of impressive people in 5 seasons of Overheard with Evan Smith: winners of Oscars, Emmys, the National Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize, the Nobel Peace Prize, a Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, just to name a few. At Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards, some recent Overheard guests added more accolades to that list.

Austin’s own Richard Linklater won in top categories for his 2014 film Boyhood. Linklater took home statues for Best Director of a Motion Picture and Best Motion Picture, Drama. Patricia Arquette, who stars in the film, won for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture. We sat down with Rick in July to discuss the film. You can see that interview in the clip above.

Another Season 4 guest, Jeffrey Tambor, won for Best Actor in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy for his role in Transparent. Tambor taped Overheard during SXSW last year, when the show was only a pilot on Amazon. Now a series, it won for Best TV Series, Musical or Comedy. You can watch the episode with him here.

You can find the entire Overheard archive on our website: klru.org/overheard. While you’re there, sign up to be the first to hear about our free tapings. You can also listen to Overheard as a podcast on iTunes.

News Briefs: Cyclo-Cross Championship, First 10-1 Council Sworn In

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Cyclo-Cross is a hybrid sport that’s gaining popularity around the world. This weekend, Zilker Park is hosting the 2015 USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships. The event is free and open to the public and runs through Sunday. You can see our story about the event on Saturday during PBS NewsHour.

On Sunday evening, our story is about the historic swearing-in of Austin’s first 10-1 City Council.

“The excitement in this city and in this room is palpable, and the expectations are high.  And on this dias, the sense of responsibility is felt and it is real,” Austin Mayor Steve Adler told the crowd.

“Today is not about the 11 of us being sworn in before you. It’s about the community throughout Austin that, after suffering decades of under-representation and neglect in this building, will finally have a voice,” District 3 Council Member Sabino Renteria said.

All 11 members took the oath of office Tuesday evening.

You can see both stories this weekend during PBS NewsHour Weekend, Saturday and Sunday at 6:30pm. 

 

 

Q Night at the Movies Jan. 10

KLRU Q - Night at the Movies

This week Q Night at the Movies features back-to-back On Story episodes and the classic film It Happened One Night!

On Story Rectify : Ray McKinnon on Characters & Culture at 7pm
Ray McKinnon, creator of the Sundance Channel’s breakout hit, Rectify, details how to capture the personality of a culture through establishing strong characters, tone, and atmosphere. The short film Spanola Pepper Sauce Company follows, directed by McKinnon and written by Graham Gordy, suggesting there’s more brewing in Spanola, AK than just its fine pepper sauce cooking.

On Story Philadelphia: A Look Back at 7:30 pm
Ron Nyswaner recounts the social impact of his screenplay Philadelphia, a bold film released during a delicate time in history. Followed by Oliver Kember’s Puzzled, about a young boy whose only chance at survival on the playground is to outsmart the other children.

Feature film: It Happened One Night at 8 pm
A newsman (Clark Gable) rides a bus and shares a cabin with a tycoon’s (Walter Connolly) runaway daughter (Claudette Colbert).

Catalina: Hollywood’s Magical Island at 9:45 pm
Through the eye of film director, Greg Reitman, we get a first hand glimpse of The Magic Isle off the coast of California, Santa Catalina Island. While exploring historical, social, and environmental changes, the film captures the mystical splendors, natural beauty and romance of Catalina. Using a mix of rare 16mm, archival film and old black and white stills, inter-cut with interviews of islanders, historians and celebrities; the viewer is taken on a journey during America’s golden era.

 

Highlights Jan. 11-17

KLRU Highlights

Great British Baking Show Sunday at 7 pm the contestants take on bread.

Rose tries to bring a wireless into the house and Violet plays cupid on episode 2 of season 5 of Downton Abbey on Masterpiece Theater Sunday at 8 pm.

Filmmaker Darius Clark Monroe returns to the scene of the crime to explore what led him to rob a bank as a teenager in Texas, through interviews with family, friends and mentors on Independent Lens Evolution of a Criminal Monday at 9 pm.

A team of genealogists uncovers fascinating family stories in New Orleans on Genealogy Roadshow Tuesday at 7 pm.

Klansville U.S.A. on American Experience Tuesday at 8 pm investigates the reasons North Carolina became home to the largest Klan organization in the country during the 1960s.

Frontline at 9 pm Tuesday investigates the accusations of criminality and corruption that have surrounded Vladimir Putin’s reign in Russia.

Nature Dogs That Changed the World part 1 on Wednesday at 7 pm chronicles the evolution of dogs and how they infiltrated human society.

NOVA Big Bang Machine on Wednesday at 8 pm explores the deepest mysteries of the early universe and the quest to find the Higgs Boson.

Austin’s best alternative rock shines with Spoon and White Denim on Austin City Limits Wednesday and Friday at 10 pm. Top 10-seller Spoon highlights its album They Want My Soul, while White Denim features its LP Corsicana Lemonade.

Novelist Joyce Carol Oates talks about her critically-acclaimed career on Overheard with Evan Smith Thursday at 7 pm.

Behind the makeup and false eyelashes of drag queens are the eccentric lives of brilliant performers. Arts In Context In Face at 7:30 pm Thursday follows the complex lives of three performance artists and sheds light on the hectic and determined lifestyle of pursuing a drag career.

Chet travels to Lufkin and Marble Falls on The Daytripper at 8 and 8:30 pm Thursday.

The Best Of 50s Pop Friday at 8 pm presents the top pop hits of the Fifties, full of smooth harmonies, joyful melodies and warm vocals by singers and groups who brought songs of love and optimism to listeners tuned to their AM radios.

Rain’s a good thing unless its overflow heads for your house instead of the garden on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. See how to wrangle its direction to nurture native plants and homegrown food.

Austin City Limits Saturday at 7 pm features soulful pop from Sam Smith and Future Islands. UK sensation Smith sings “Stay With Me” and others from his debut. Future Islands features their single “Seasons (Waiting on You)” as well as other tunes from Singles.

 

 

Science Night Jan. 14

Science Night for January 14th explores the world of dogs, looks at subatomic particles and goes inside Hitler’s command complex.

Nature
Dogs That Changed The World, Pt. 1 at 7 pm

From the tiniest Chihuahua to the largest St. Bernard, all dogs claim the wolf as their ancestor. Using DNA analysis and other research, scientists have now pieced together the puzzle of canine evolution, creating a fascinating picture of some of the essential dogs vital to the canine population. Part one chronicles the evolution of dogs and how they infiltrated human society. Part 2 will air on Jan. 21st.

Nova Big Bang Machine at 8 pm
On July 4, 2012, scientists at the giant atom smashing facility at CERN announced the discovery of a subatomic particle that seems like a tantalizingly close match to the elusive Higgs Boson, thought to be responsible for giving all the stuff in the universe its mass. Since it was first proposed nearly fifty years ago, the Higgs has been the holy grail of particle physicists: if they can find it, it will validate the “standard model” that underlies all of modern physics. CERN’s scientists are still scrutinizing the results from July to see how well they fit the Higgs prediction. If the data conceals surprises, they could upend much of what we thought we knew about the particles and forces that make up our universe.

Nazi Mega Weapons  The Wolf’s Lair at 9 pm
As European countries fall like dominoes to the all-conquering German armies, Hitler becomes convinced of his own military genius. He plans to invade Russia and orders the construction of a huge, heavily protected command complex of bunkers and buildings named the Wolf’s Lair. But as he isolates himself in his concrete city, the war begins to slip from his grasp and a conspiracy is hatched to make the secret base his tomb.

Civic Summit: Student & Teacher Townhall 1/13

Civic Summit Taping Announcement

Join KLRU on January 13, 2015 for a townhall with Dr. Paul Cruz, the sole finalist for AISD Superintendent.

DATE: January 13th
TIME: 7 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)
LOCATION: KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
RSVP: This event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP now

Austin ISD Interim Superintendent, Dr. Paul Cruz, is set to become the permanent superintendent of our region’s largest school district. Before the school board votes to confirm him, Civic Summit invites students, teachers, and you to ask him questions in a discussion moderated by Judy Maggio and PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs All-Star Kennedy Huff.

This townhall will be taped to air on January 22nd at 9 pm on KLRU.

This production is part of KLRU’s American Graduate initiative. As an American Graduate Station, KLRU is seeking a clearer understanding of the nature and impact of the dropout problem in our region, and is partnering with organizations working to increase graduation rates. You can find more information about the initiative by visiting: www.klru.org/americangraduate.

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Highlights January 4-10

KLRU Highlights

On the Great British Baking Show Sunday at 7 pm the contestants try to make the best biscuits in order to continue in the competition.

Season 5 of Downton Abbey begins Sunday at 8 pm as the Crawley family and the staff struggling with responsibilities and choices as they adjust to life in the Roaring Twenties.

Alastair Bruce, historical advisor to Downton Abbey,  reveals the secrets of how the aristocratic set dined and dressed, how they married and made money on Manners of Downton Abbey at 9:15 pm Sunday.

Our Time Is Now at 9 pm Monday follows six New Mexico teenagers as they strive to finish high school, wrestle with personal challenges, and pursue their dreams. This program is part of KLRU’s American Graduate initiative.

Follow three boys as they navigate the often-treacherous road between childhood and adolescence in an economically depressed Missouri town on Independent Lens Rich Hill Monday at 10 pm. Despite the isolation and deprivation, they long for the American Dream.

Award-winning author Charlotte Gray and historians Terrence Cole and Michael Gates bring new insights and perspective to the Alaska gold rush of the 1890s on Klondike Gold Rush Tuesday at 7 pm.

Robert Ripley’s obsession with the odd made him one of the richest men in America. Ripley Believe It Or Not on American Experience at 8 pm Tuesday profiles the eccentric, globetrotting playboy who became an unlikely national celebrity.

With first-hand accounts of school killings in Newtown and Columbine, and the shooting of Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, Frontline Gunned Down Tuesday at 9 pm examines why despite the national trauma over gun violence Washington hasn’t acted.

Breathtaking photography reveals wolves, wild boar and even bears living among France’s many mountains, valleys and forests on Nature Wild France at 7pm Wednesday.

Meet a new breed of flying robots, from tiny swarming vehicles to giant unmanned planes on Nova Rise of the Drones at 8 pm Wednesday.

Austin City Limits Wednesday at 10 pm and Friday at 9:30 pm showcases modern Americana with the Avett Brothers and Nickel Creek.

Novelist James Ellroy talks about his career writing noir-style crime fiction on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.

Arts In Context at 7:30 pm Thursday profiles Les Rav, the classically-influenced experimental folk band, born from the intense personal hardship of songwriter Lauren Bruno.

Chet heads to Abilene to explore the history of the wild Texas frontier on The Daytripper at 8 pm. Then at 9 pm, he goes to the State Fair of Texas.

Conceived and hosted by renowned American singer Renee Fleming, Great Performances American Voices Friday at 8 pm is the groundbreaking festival of performances, master sessions and symposia.

Mosaic: The Deep Eddy Mural Project at 10:30 pm Friday tells the story behind Austin’s iconic mural.

America’s Test Kitchen Christopher Kimball takes us behind the scenes to connect kitchen-to-garden philosophy on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. On tour, a new gardener feeds her family of seven from organic pickings all year long.

Austin’s best alternative rock shines with Spoon and White Denim on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.