Science Night 8/13

Get ready for another science night on KLRU!

This Wednesday, Nature‘s special Snow Monkeys airs at 7 p.m. on KLRU. A very structured, furry troop of monkeys has a new, grouchy leader that forms an unlikely, heartwarming bond with a little monkey low on the ranks. Changing seasons tests the troop, family squabbles rise over tragedy, and the females struggle over mating competition.

Watch the preview above and follow this fascinating community on this week’s Science Night!

Austin Revealed Screening and Discussion 8/9

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Join KLRU and The Austin History Center (AHC) for a special screening and discussion of the documentary Austin Revealed: Civil Rights Stories. The 30-minute film was made by Alpheus Media for KLRU and explores the issues of racial segregation and the civil rights movement in Austin. The screening will take place at the Austin History Center, 810 Guadalupe St., Saturday, August 9 at 2 PM. The event is free and open to the public. For more information call 512-974-7480 or visit library.austintexas.gov.

KLRU NewsBriefs: Austin’s Growing Muslim Community and a New Farm School

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On Saturday during PBS NewsHour we hear about Austin’s growing Muslim population. Muslims around the world marked the end of Ramadan this week with Eid al-Fitr. Thousands of worshipers gathered at the North Austin Event Center on Monday to pray and listen to a sermon. It was a huge turnout for the growing community in Austin, and next  year organizers are planning to move to an even bigger venue.

“Every year is more than we can handle,” Imam Islam Mossaad of the North Austin Community Center said Monday.

Imam Islam said that growth comes from immigrants from all over the world, as well as new converts.

“Muslims [are] spread out throughout the rest of the world, 1.5 billion Muslims, [and] in Austin that diversity is reflected. But also with the added touch of people who are Caucasian-American or African-American or Latino-American who are also coming into Islam,” Imam Islam said. “You have more than 80 different countries represented here today, probably more than that, but we are all also Americans at the same time and so we practice our faith here freely.”

On Sunday, our story is about Austin’s first ever farm school, opening this fall. Farmer Starter grew out of Farmshare Austin, a non-profit focused on educating Central Texans about farming and increasing access to organic, locally-grown food.

“It’s a very challenging business and this is a kind of challenging environment to do it in but we feel that local organic food is a human right and that people should have access to that kind of product and so we want to make sure that it’s widely available in our community,” Farmshare Austin Executive Director Taylor Cook said.

Enrolled students will live and work on the Farmer Starter farm, 10 miles east of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, for six months. They will learn seed starting, harvesting, marketing, as well as financial and business planning, among other skills.

Farmshare Austin is currently trying to raise $50,000 in an Indiegogo campaign to fund construction and student scholarships. You can learn more about the school on their website.

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

 

Q Night at the Movies! 8/2

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Join our Saturday movie night only on KLRU Q!

First, the exclusive film review program Just Seen It at 7 p.m. This week’s episode reviews the new romantic comedy starring Daniel Radcliffe, What If, and the emotional documentary about using music to treat Alzheimer’s disease, Alive Inside. Finally, we take a look at one of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s last films, A Most Wanted Man.

Then, Austin Film Festival program On Story is next at 7:30 with the episode Creating Complex Characters. Writer and director Rodrigo Garcia discusses the nuanced characters in the Godfather, Capote, and his own film Mother and Child and In Treatment. Following is the tragic Spanish short film, Who Lasts Longer.

At 8 p.m., the Hollywood Stars Film Package airs the feature film A Streetcar Named Desire. The 1951 adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play is very highly critically acclaimed, and was the fifth highest grossing film of the year.

Followed by American Masters documentary on Gone With the Wind author  Margaret Mitchell at 10:10 pm.

Skip the theater and join us at Q Night at the Movies! KLRU Q is broadcast channel 18.3. It is also available to digital cable subscribers of Grande on 284 and Time Warner on 20.

KLRU Science Night! 8/6

Learn about what makes our world fascinating on KLRU’s Science Night this Wednesday!

First, My Wild Affair: The Seal Who Came Home tells the story of a seal pup rescued by an arborist in Rockport, who formed a 25-year bond with his rescuer. After being released into the wild, Andre the seal still knew how to swim 200 miles back home to his friend. Watch the heartwarming episode at 7 p.m. Wednesday!

The quirky animals of Australia are explained on Australia’s First 4 Billion Years: Strange Creatures. See what followed a massive extinction and observe the history of diverse marsupials at 8 p.m. Wednesday on KLRU.

Witness a dolphin birth, explore the difficulties of breastfeeding underwater and learn how dolphin and whale young avoid predatory killer whales on Sex in the Wild: Dolphins. The uncensored details of marine mammal mating are exposed at 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Learn all about our fellow species this week on KLRU!

Highlights 8/3-8/9

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Mark your calendars for this week’s highlights on KLRU!

Sunday night, a new episode of the charming series Last Tango in Halifax airs at 7 p.m. The elderly newlywed couple and their families continue to face daily surprises with family secrets and underhanded gestures.

The premiere of Masterpiece Mystery!‘s Poirot Season 12, Dead Man’s Folly begins at 8 p.m. on Sunday night. David Suchet returns as the suave Belgian super sleuth, Hercule Poirot. Based on the novel by Agatha Christie, Poirot helps police solve mysteries whether they ask him to or not.

Then, another mystery drama airs with the episode The Mysteries of the Rosary of the hit series, Father Brown. Tune in Sunday night at 9:30 for addicting mystery solving!

Rochester, New York gets a visit from Antiques Roadshow airing at 7 p.m. on Monday. In comparison to the previous visit in 1998, one of these items increased over five times in value, and another has dropped by more than $1,000. Then the roadshow moves to Hartford, Conn. at 8 p.m. Monday to find an Emancipation Announcement and more.

Going deep into the ethical question of child prisoners, an all-new POV documentary, 15 To Life: Kenneth’s Story, premiers at 9 p.m. Monday with a heartbreaking story of 15-year-old Kenneth Young. Uniquely routine to the American justice system, the juvenile received four consecutive life sentences for a series of armed robberies. Imprisoned for more than a decade, he believed he would die behind bars. Now a U.S. Supreme Court decision could set him free.

A special documentary on the fight against childhood obesity is on KLRU at 10 Monday night. Cafeteria Man follows chef Tony Geraci for several years as he works to revamp school food programs in Baltimore and Memphis.

Legendary documentarian Ken Burns dives into the life of the American icon Mark Twain for Part Two of the biographical special on Tuesday night at 7. In this part, Burns focuses on the side of Twain (Clemens) many don’t know, which was his life of tragedy and bad financial decisions that falls hard with failure.

Ever worry about the fate of teenagers that are constantly drowning in social media? Frontline‘s new special Generation Like explores the shift of the teenage identity quest to the virtual world, and how marketing plays a role in this generation’s lives. Watch the premiere at 9 p.m. Tuesday on KLRU.

The geniuses behind the hacking of Hitler’s personal communications network and pioneers of the age of computers are put in the spotlight on Codebreakers: Bletchley Park’s Heroes at 10 p.m. Tuesday on KLRU.

Join us on KLRU for Science Night on Wednesday. Starting at 7 p.m., My Wild Affair: The Seal Who Came Home tells the story of Andre the seal who was rescued at two days old in Rockport, Maine. The bond formed between Andre and his rescuer, an arborist, defeats all odds and lasts over 25 years.

The next portion of NOVA‘s series Australia’s First 4 Billion Years: Strange Creatures takes us back in time to see what was on our planet in one of the most wild and beautiful lands. At 8 on Wednesday night, see how after a massive extinction, diverse marsupials came to dominate this isolated continent.

Then, discover intimate details of beautiful marine mammals on Sex in the Wild: Dolphins at 9 p.m. Wednesday. See how these mammals evolved to breathe air while reproducing, giving birth and raising young underwater, and witness a dolphin’s birth for the ultimate KLRU Science Night experience.

Our local discussion program Overheard with Evan Smith hosts special guest Jason Schwartzman, airing at 7 p.m. Thursday on KLRU. Watch the exclusive interview with the actor and musician with famed roles from Rushmore, I Heart Huckabees, and the newly-released The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Then, our local program Arts in Context explores the world of videogaming on The Art of Playing on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.  Texas has the second largest concentration of game companies in America; along with EA and Blizzard, there is a small but committed group of independent developers and artists working diligently on home computers.

Hang out with Chet on The Daytripper back-to-back starting at 8 p.m. on Thursday! Starting out in Arlington, with visits to all the major sport venues, Chet then heads to Abilene at 8:30 to visit Fort Phantom Hill and go scuba diving.

Stephen Hawking: one of the most recognizable names on the planet. Who is behind the name? Find out with a deep look into the human behind the ingenuity on the special program Hawking on KLRU Thursday night at 9.

Friday night, the week of politics is in review on Washington Week with Gwen Ifill at 7 p.m., followed by Moyers & Company at 7:30. These journalistic legends discuss and interview key roles in the latest news and provide holistic insight into the issues that face our nation and world today.

Secrets of the Dead: TBA takes a special look into the Watergate scandal from a peculiar lens: a television show. The Dick Cavett Show was at the forefront of national TV Watergate coverage, interviewing nearly every major Watergate figure as the crisis unfolded. Watch the walkthrough of the scandal from the beginning to Nixon’s resignation at 8 p.m. Friday on KLRU.

International superstar Andrea Bocelli appears on Great Performances Friday night at 9. From the coastal view of Portofino, Italy, Andrea and fellow musicians join to play select collection of the world’s most famous love songs.

On Saturday, catch Central Texas Gardener‘s episode The Drunken Botanist at noon to find out what’s in your favorite cocktail. Amy Stewart, author of The Drunken Botanist, blends facts and fun behind the world’s great drinks.

A night of music ensues on Saturday on KLRU, starting at 7 with Statler Brothers Farewell Concert. Ending a career of over 40 years in country music, with 32 albums selling over 100 million copies, the Statler Brothers came together to say goodbye in 2002 at the Salem Civic Center in Salem, Virginia. Watch the amazing act’s last hoorah on KLRU.

Another exclusive performance caught on tape airs at 8:30 Saturday night, with Bee Gees: One Night Only. One of very few performances ever recorded of the Bee Gees, this 1997 concert features many of their greatest disco and pop hits, including “How Deep Is Your Love,” “To Love Somebody,” “Massachusetts,” “You Should Be Dancing/Alone,” and many more.

More music follows Saturday night at 10 with 60s Pop, Rock & Soul. Legends of the 1960s unite in this all-new live performance “My Music” special. Co-hosts Peter Noone and Davy Jones sing their biggest hits focusing on the years 1965-1969.

What’s new to watch this week? You heard it first from KLRU!

August 2014 Family Choice

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

Wednesday, August 6, 7pm: The My Wild Affair series continues in August with “The Seal Who Came Home.” The true story of Andre, a two-day-old wild harbor seal who, in 1961, was rescued from certain death by Harry Goodridge, an arborist from Rockport, Maine. Over the next 25 years, Andre and Harry established a friendship that brought Andre into the world of humans without Andre’s ever having to sacrifice his wildness. The human world gave Andre shelter during the harsh New England winter, but staying wild at heart meant Andre had the know-how to make the 200-mile swim home to Rockport. This interspecies friendship weathered every kind of challenge, including, at the end, Andre’s blindness.

Wednesday, August 13, 7pm: NATURE’s Snow Monkeys. We are bringing this very popular episode back in the heat of summer to give us all a break and remind us that the cold weather brings challenges, too.

Wednesday, August 20, 7pm: My Wild Affair wraps up with an overview of the extraordinary stories and connections between undomesticated animals and human beings.

Arts In Context Shorts: Combating Latent Inequality Together Fest

Arts In Context Shorts focuses on community collaboration in this week’s story. In it’s tenth year as a grassroots, national festival, Combating Latent Inequality Together (C.L.I.T.) Fest comes to life in Austin for the first time. The DIY, punk and feminist communities come together bringing awareness to sexism, trans-phobia, gender inequalities and other forms of discrimination through workshops, bands and artist collaboration. Benefiting SAFEPLACE, a resource that provides safety for individuals and families affected by sexual and domestic violence, C.L.I.T. Fest reminds others that punk music is a vehicle for activism.