This week, Arts In Context Short travels to East Austin … It’s a different kind of place than the other neighborhoods in Austin! Every year (for the past 12 years), the annual East Austin Studio Tour inspires artists and galleries to open their doors to their neighbors. Wandering and exploring, those who attend EAST form a bond over the creativity, community and different kinds of art being made just a bike ride away.
Nature My Life as a Turkey at 7 pm
After a local farmer left a bowl of eggs on Joe Hutto’s front porch, his life was forever changed. Hutto, possessing a broad background in the natural sciences and an interest in imprinting young animals, incubated the eggs and waited for them to hatch. As the chicks emerged from their shells, they locked eyes with an unusual but dedicated mother.
Nature An Original DUCKumentary at 8 pm
Masters of the water and air, they have conquered the globe. From deft dabblers to great divers, these are one of the Animal Kingdom’s ultimate athletes. Take a fascinating look at one of our most familiar birds.
Nature The Private Life Of Deer at 9 pm
From our kitchen windows we spot them, nibbling away at our gardens and shrubs. They wander along our highways, reminders of the wilderness we have paved our way through. From coast to coast some 30 million white-tailed deer make their home in the United States. But once they retreat from our view, where do they go? What secrets do they carry back into the forest, away from our prying eyes? Deer are among the most highly-studied mammals in the world; but does any typical homeowner with deer in the yard know how long a deer can live? When they sleep? How many babies a doe can have each year? Working with scientists, special camera equipment, and deer experts and devotees of every kind, NATURE reveals the hidden world of white-tailed deer in a whole new light.
Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith
for an interview with Doris Kearns Goodwin
DATE: December 10
TIME: 3:45pm (Doors open at 3:15pm)
LOCATION: KLRU’s Studio 6A (map).
RSVP: The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP now
Doris Kearns Goodwin is a best-selling author and historian. She has written several biographies of U.S. presidents, including Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, which was adapted to become the award-winning film Lincoln. Kearns Goodwin began her career as a White House assistant during the Lyndon B. Johnson Administration and taught at Harvard for ten years while publishing her first book, Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream. She won a Pulitzer Prize for History in 1995 for her biography of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. Kearns Goodwin is in town for an event at the LBJ Library and to promote her newest book The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism
We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith continues a fourth season of great conversation with fascinating people, always on the news and always with a sense of humor. The show features in-depth interviews with a mix of guests from politics, the arts, literature, journalism, business, sports and more, and reaches PBS viewers from California to Florida. We’d love to see you in the studio for the interview, and for a chance to join the audience Q&A after the interview. You can watch past interviews and Q&As at klru.org/overheard
Need to impress your guests with something different this Thanksgiving? We’ve got you covered.
KLRU’s original web series BBQ with Franklin tells you how to brine and smoke a turkey, make a smoked butter gravy and prepare some sides that will pair perfectly with your bird.
WARNING: These videos will make you hungry! View all three videos here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zWHOEkBLAg&list=PLJXFUkVvL7g5qh67bUxqJLiVwjmFVLnB7
On this episode of Overheard, Jonathan Lethem discusses his writing process. Lethem is an award winning, best-selling novelist, essayist, and short story writer. His most recent novel, released in September, is Dissident Gardens.
Jonathan Lethem explains how he drew from his real life in order to create the setting and characters for his most recent novel. He explains how his grandmother and mother inspired the way his characters act and think. His characters in Dissident Gardens, he explains,”are passionate believers that they are on some kind of committed course the change the world.”
He also discuss modern publishing, how technology is changing publishing and the new idea of marketing yourself. Plus, he tells Evan what’s next in his career.
Tune in November 21 at 7 p.m. to see Jonathan Lethem on Overheard with Evan Smith. Watch the video above for an excerpt from our interview.
On Thursday at 7pm, join KLRU and Texas PBS stations for an online discussion around the Secrets of the Dead special ONE PM CENTRAL STANDARD TIME.
George Clooney narrates the Season 13 premiere, which recalls how the JFK assassination was reported by journalists on the scene in Dallas and Walter Cronkite, who anchored CBS News’ coverage from New York. Included: the recollections of Dan Rather.
OVEE is a social screening platform for watching PBS programs together, from anywhere. Conversations that happen during an OVEE are enlightening and engaging.
To join, visit: https://ovee.itvs.org/screenings/28crj
KLRU and the Austin Public Library present Community Cinema. The free public screenings take place at the Windsor Park Branch Library (5833 Westminster Dr.) from 7 pm to 9 pm.
On December 3rd, watch a preview and discuss The State of Arizona. The divisive battle over illegal immigration in Arizona that came to a head with Senate Bill 1070 frames this tense documentary that tracks multiple perspectives – activists, politicians, Latino immigrants, controversial Sheriff Joe Arpaio, ranchers, and others – as America eyes the results.
After the documentary screening, we’ll have a community discussion of the issues in the film with guest Matt Simpson, Policy Strategist with ACLU of Texas. Simpson has served as a policy strategist at the ACLU of Texas since 2008. He advocates for civil rights and civil liberties at the state legislature and assists with local campaigns related to criminal justice reform, such as prison and jail policy, law enforcement information sharing, and ending the school-to-prison pipeline. Matt holds a J.D. from Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon and a B.A. in political science from Baylor University in Waco, Texas.
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.
NOVA At The Edge Of Space at 7 pm
Between the blue sky above us and the infinite blackness of space lies a frontier that scientists have only just begun to investigate. In “At the Edge of Space,” NOVA takes viewers on aN exploration of the earth-space boundary zone that’s home to some of nature’s most puzzling and alluring phenomena: the shimmering aurora, streaking meteors, and fleeting flashes that shoot upwards from thunderclouds, known as sprites. Only discovered in 1989, sprites have eluded capture because they flicker into existence for a mere split-second — 40 times faster than an eye blink. In a high-flying weather observation plane, we ride with scientists as they hunt for sprites and finally succeed in snaring them in 3D video, gaining vital clues to unraveling their mystery. Combining advanced video technology with sequences shot from the International Space Station, this film probes the enigmas of the boundary zone and brings viewers an intriguing new viewpoint on their planet.
NOVA Asteroid: Doomsday Or Payday? at 8 pm
The asteroid that exploded in the skies over Siberia injuring more than 1,000 and damaging buildings in six cities was a shocking reminder that Earth is a target in a cosmic shooting range. From the width of a football field to the size of a small city, the space rocks called asteroids have the potential to be killers: in a collision with Earth, they could set off deadly blast waves, raging fires and colossal tidal waves. But some audacious entrepreneurs look up at asteroids and see payday, not doomsday. That’s because some asteroids are loaded with billions of dollars-worth of elements like iron, nickel and even platinum. While NASA plans an ambitious mission to return samples from a potentially hazardous asteroid, would-be asteroid miners are dreaming up their own program to scout for potentially profitable asteroids. Will asteroids turn out to be our economic salvation — or instruments of extinction?
Comet Encounter at 9 pm
Comets have fascinated, even terrified us for thousands of years. Traditionally seen as harbingers of doom, they can influence some people even to this day. For scientists though, comets are a great opportunity. This year a particularly massive chunk of ice and rock is hurtling our way, an object that will fascinate billions and should create the space show of the century. Right now Comet ISON, somewhere between one and 10 kilometers in diameter, is just beyond the orbit of Jupiter. As it races past us toward the sun it should develop a tail that will light up the skies brighter than a full moon. Then the comet will slingshot around the back of the sun and could emerge brighter than ever, treating the entire northern hemisphere to an unforgettable sight. It could even be visible in daylight. Simultaneously astronomers will be able to glean vital clues on the origins of our solar system. In this program, scientists all over the world follow a once-in-a-lifetime event and shoot breath-taking images of the sun-grazer comet, spewing its essence into the void. But there is jeopardy too; the comet could evaporate completely or the sun’s massive gravity could tear it apart. If the latter happens it will produce a so-called “string of pearls,” several much smaller comets arching right across the night sky.
KLRU-Q’s Saturday Night at the Movies presents a full-length feature film every Saturday night, plus extra content that gives the evening an exciting spin. Each film explores the work of legendary actors and actresses through many important films from their careers. Here is a peek of what this Saturday has in store:
On Story A Conversation With Damon Lindelof, Co-creator Of Lost at 7:30 pm
Damon Lindelof discusses his hand in some of the most celebrated and scrutinized works of science fiction over the past five years, and how much of their success is attributed to writing stories that leave a lot up to one’s imagination.
Hollywood Stars Film Package Strangers On A Train at 8:00 pm
A psychopath (Robert Walker) and a tennis player (Farley Granger) meet in a club car and plot that each will murder someone for the other. Cast: Robert Walker, Farley Granger, Ruth Roman.
Anatomy ’59: The Making Of A Classic Motion Picture at 9:45 pm
Anatomy ’59 is a behind-the-scenes documentary by independent filmmaker John Pepin which explores the crime, the trial and the book that led to the making of Otto Preminger’s classic 1959 courtroom thriller Anatomy of a Murder. The movie starred James Stewart, Lee Remick, Ben Gazzara and George C. Scott. In Anatomy ’59, Preminger’s focus on realism to create what many consider to be the greatest courtroom drama ever made is showcased through rare film clips and photographs, documents and interviews with cast members, locals and others with ties to the production. Preminger’s film, shot entirely on location in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, was based on the 1958 bestseller by Robert Traver.
Charlie Gracie: Fabulous at 10:45 pm
Still rockin’ after 60 years, Charlie Gracie continues to thrill his fans on both sides of the Atlantic with the same energy and virtuosity that catapulted him to early fame with his Number 1 hit ‘Butterfly’ in 1957. A story of survival, perseverance and ultimate redemption, Fabulous! depicts a stubborn artist’s journey down a bumpy entertainment road paved with the fleeting careers of one-hit wonders and countless aspirants. Told from the mouths of those Charlie influenced the most-including Graham Nash, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Frankie Avalon-Fabulous! has something for longtime fans and music aficionado’s alike.
Secrets Of Scotland Yard Sunday 7 pm reveals the secrets of what it takes to became a modern-day Sherlock Holmes and uncovers some grim and grisly details of detectives who have gone before.
Masterpiece presents The Paradise, Part Seven Sunday at 8 pm. ”The Paradise” follows Denise Lovett who lands a job as a shop girl and finds herself facing a future filled with never-before-imagined opportunities.
On Antiques Roadshow, Mark Walberg and Marshall Martin head to San Diego, California Monday 8 pm to the world reowned San Diego Zoo to discuss the appeal of vintage Steiff animals, he plush-toy phenomenon that began more than 130 years ago.
Indian Relay premieres on Independent Lens Monday at 9 pm. The hope and determination of modern-day American Indian life is revealed in this story about what it takes to win one of the most exciting and dangerous forms of horse racing practiced anywhere in the world today.
Gettysburg Story Monday 10 pm begins in June 1863 with the start of the Gettysburg campaign in Virginia and follows the route of the Confederate and Union armies as they move north along the Blue Ridge mountains and across the Mason-Dixon line to meet on the rolling ground surrounding the small Pennsylvania town.
African Americans: Many Rivers To Cross Tuesday 7 pm examines the long road to civil rights, when the deep contradictions in American society finally became unsustainable.
Lincoln@gettysburg Tuesday at 8 pm unfolds the greatest turning point in American history: the rebirth of a nation and the dawn of the information age.
NOVA‘s At The Edge Of Space Wednesday at 7 pm takes viewers on an exploration of the earth-space boundary zone that’s home to some of nature’s most puzzling and alluring phenomena: the shimmering aurora, streaking meteors, and fleeting flashes that shoot upwards from thunderclouds, known as sprites.
NOVA presents Asteroid: Doomsday Or Payday? Wednesday at 8 pm. While NASA plans an ambitious mission to return samples from a potentially hazardous asteroid, would-be asteroid miners are dreaming up their own program to scout for potentially profitable asteroids.
Comet Encounter Wednesday at 9 pm follows Comet ISON and the scientists all over the world that will follow a once-in-a-lifetime event and shoot breath-taking images of the sun-grazer comet.
Arts In Context presents Masters of Ceremony Thursday at 7:30 pm and introduces viewers to Riders Against The Storm, the husband and wife duo that have build a community around a love of hip-hop and healing.
Steve Jobs – One Last Thing premieres Thursday at 9 pm. This film takes an in-depth look at the life and work of Apple boss, Steve Jobs, to examine how and why he revolutionized our world.
On Nashville 2.0 Friday at 9 pm, visit country music’s booming hometown, a city that welcomes young musicians who dream of making it big.
ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival Saturday at 7 pm. This program features selected performances from the Americana Music Festival in Nashville, including Dr. John, Stephen Stills, Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell and more.
Tune in for Father Brown The Eye Of Apollo Saturday at 8 pm. When the Church of Apollo comes to Kembleford, Susie is drawn to their charismatic leader Kalon. After Kalon’s wife is murdered, Father Brown must break his spell over Susie or risk losing her forever.