Q Night at the Movies! 7/5

KLRU Q - Night at the Movies

This Saturday night, skip the theater and watch film reviews, a feature film and more with us on KLRU Q!

The night starts off at 6 p.m. with film reviews on Just Seen It. The program reviews the new films Earth to Echo, Deliver Us From Evil, the Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd comedy They Came Together, and the new documentary on film critic Roger Ebert, Life Itself. Find out which new films you want to watch on KLRU Q.

Next, listen to experts discuss a new form of film storytelling on On Story‘s Neo Noir: The Modern Day Film Noir. Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) and Brian Helgeland (LA Confidential) discuss the genre-bending response to the Film Noirs of the 1940s Saturday at 6:30 p.m. on KLRU Q.

Let the movies begin! At 7 p.m., the classic The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly hits the screen on KLRU Q. The Italian Western Spaghetti film starring Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Eli Wallach tells the story of a drifter, a bandit and a bounty hunter at a standoff over buried gold.

Next, a later night Hollywood Stars Film Package begins at 10 p.m. with the classic Bonnie and Clyde. Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway star as the criminal couple who escalate in crime and gain an archnemesis.

Catch the movie night on KLRU Q this Saturday! KLRU Q is broadcast channel 18.3. It is also available to digital cable subscribers of Grande on 284 and Time Warner on 20.

Highlights 7/6 to 7/12

KLRU Highlights

Last Tango in Halifax season 2 continues Sunday at 7 pm as Alan and Celia’s first day as husband and wife is filled with tension.

Masterpiece Mystery Endeavour season 2 continues Sunday at 8 pm as an elderly man is murdered with a ceremonial dagger and Morse’s investigation leads him to an isolated and dreary school for girls.

Antiques Roadshow Monday at 7 pm looks back at some of the items appraised in Toronto, Canada, in 1999 and how their values have fared in today’s market.

POV Monday at 9 pm focuses on the Paralympics, the international sporting event for athletes with physical and intellectual disabilities, as covered by Niko von Glasow, the world’s best-known disabled filmmaker.

Cheryl Haworth is a young woman with a big dream: to be the strongest woman in the world. Learn more about her on Independent Lens Strong Monday at 10 pm.

Laser-scanning experts go to St Paul’s Cathedral to get new insight into this iconic architectural masterpiece on Time Scanners at 7 pm Tuesday.

History Detectives at 8 pm Tuesday investigate the disappearance of legendary entertainer Glenn Miller.

In Secrets of the Vatican, Frontline at 9 pm Tuesday tells the epic, inside story of the collapse of the Benedict papacy and illuminates the extraordinary challenges facing Pope Francis as he tries to reform the powerful Vatican bureaucracy.

Nature at 7 pm Wednesday tells the story of the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s 501st attempt to save an orphan otter.

Nova at 8 pm Wednesday meets a new breed of experts who are approaching cold case art mysteries determined to discover who committed the art.

Using sophisticated scientific analysis Secrets of the Dead at 9 pm Wednesday attempts to solve one of the greatest mysteries in art history: is the Mona Lisa the world knows so well the original version?

Queens of the Stone Age performs rock anthems from its Like Clockwork LP on Austin City Limits at 10 pm Wednesday and 10 pm Friday.

Comedian and actor Kevin Nealon talks about his career on Overheard with Evan Smith Thursday at 7 pm.

One of the very few Bee Gees performances ever filmed, Bee Gees One Night Only Thursday at 7:30 pm showcases many of their greatest disco and pop hits.

An all-star cast including Julie Andrews, Tony Bennett, Tim Conway, Tina Fey, Rashida Jones, Vicki Lawrence, Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph honor comedy icon Carol Burnett on the Mark Twain Prize at 8 pm Friday.

Curbside recycling takes on a new spin with bicyclists who turn leftovers into compost on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. Plus, find out where your organic garden really starts.

Songwriting legend Randy Newman takes the Austin City Limits stage Saturday at 7 pm with a selection of his greatest tunes.

 

 

 

KLRU NewsBrief: East Side Company Puts New Spin on Compost

Compost Pedaller

This Sunday during PBS NewsHour Weekend we’ll preview a Central Texas Gardener story about an East Austin company offering a fossil fuel-free way to compost.

Since 2012, East Side Compost Pedallers has cycled through 5 neighborhoods to collect residential and commercial compostables. Residential customers pay $4 a week, each opting to spare the landfill and instead nourish their neighborhood farms and urban microgrowers.

East Side Pies pays the Compost Pedallers to pick up their vegetable scraps. They say they’ve even attracted more customers as a result.

“We have a lot of vegetable scrap and instead of it going into a dumpster it goes back into soil and our local community and gets more food for everybody. The fact that we’re taking several hundred pounds of waste out of the landfill I think more than makes up for the small cost that we pay,” Randall Holt of East Side Pies told us.

East Side Compost Pedallers recently won the Austin Green Business Leaders Communication and Outreach award.

KLRU NewsBriefs air locally during PBS NewsHour Weekend. An extended version of “Will Pedal for Compost” will air during Central Texas Gardener on July 12 at noon.

Science Night 7/9

Another Wednesday night, another chance to learn more about the world around us.

Starting at 7 p.m. on July 9th, Nature tells the story of one orphan otter from the Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, Calif. Saving Otter 501 documents the aquarium’s 501st attempt to save an orphan otter, following the process of discovering her, rehabilitation, and learning how to dive, hunt, and eat.

A portrait discovered in 2009 quickly gained value of up to $100 million once it was tied to Leonardo da Vinci. NOVA goes to the experts that investigated the portrait’s history, and how exactly they did so. Mystery of a Masterpiece begins at 8 p.m. on KLRU’s Science Night! (Watch the preview above – you’ll be hooked!)

Continue investigating the history of da Vinci portraits – the most famous in the world, the Mona Lisa: is it the original? Follow scientists as they unroot history to solve the mystery on Secrets of the Dead: The Mona Lisa Mystery at 9 p.m. on this week’s Science Night.

Intergalactic Nemesis goes digital

Intergalactic Nemesis creator Jason Neulander announced that Intergalactic Nemesis and KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, are working together to bring the project to a larger audience by launching a new web series that anyone, anywhere can watch. The web series launches July 7th, and will be serialized with new episodes each Monday for 17 weeks.

“Up to this point, the only way to experience The Intergalactic Nemesis has been live,” says Neulander. “Now, we’re making the project available to everyone with a computer. I think it’s going to be a game-changer, in terms of public awareness, in terms of sustaining the business, and in terms of keeping the live-action graphic novels touring for many years to come.”

The series, which brings the comic book style to life, was funded through a successful crowdfunding campaign with funds raised by KLRU matched by PBS Digital Studios, PBS’ initiative to create high-quality original video content for online platforms.

“We are so excited to partner with The Intergalactic Nemesis on our newest digital series. This project is unique for both its production techniques and the way it’s presented as a weekly serial,” said Sara Robertson, VP Production and Technology at KLRU.

The first season of the web series version of The Intergalactic Nemesis will be available at no cost on klru.org, the PBS APP on AppleTV, Xbox and Roku, youtube.com/pbsdigitalstudios or at youtube.com/intergalacticnemesis.

Neulander will present the final installment of the series Intergalactic Nemesis: Twin Infinity, September 5 and 6 at the Long Center. The Intergalactic Nemesis team is currently reprising the first two installments, Target Earth and Robot Planet Rising at the Long Center through July 6.

July 2014 Family Choice

KLRU chooses three programs each month for your family to enjoy and view together. In July 2014, we will have some amazing family viewing opportunities beginning with A CAPITOL FOURTH celebrating our nation’s independence. The rest of the month is filled with a new four-part series, MY WILD AFFAIR, where each episode focuses on a unique human-animal bond.

A CAPITOL FOURTH
Friday, July 4 at 7:00 pm & repeats at 8:30 pm
A CAPITOL FOURTH is the nation’s premiere birthday party and a gala salute to our country’s freedom and independence. The show has become a national tradition and in 2013, A CAPITOL FOURTH was among PBS’s top rated shows, reaching over 9.6 million viewers with a 3.9 national Nielsen rating. A CAPITOL FOURTH welcomes back “Dancing With the Stars” personality Tom Bergeron to host, joined by the first talent announcement, Kendall Schmidt of the boy bands Big Time Rush and Heffron Drive, plus an all-star lineup of performing artists with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly. And in celebration of the 200th anniversary of our National Anthem, five-time Academy Award-winning composer John Williams will conduct a special arrangement of “The Star Spangled Banner” with the National Symphony Orchestra, The Joint Armed Forces Chorus and The U.S. Army Herald Trumpets.  Broadcast live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol before a concert audience of hundreds of thousands, millions more at home, as well as to our troops serving around the world on the American Forces Network.

MY WILD AFFAIR: The Elephant Who Found a Mom
Premieres Wednesday, July 16 at 7pm (repeats Sunday, July 20 at 5:30pm)
This is the heartbreaking story of Aisha the baby elephant orphan and Daphne Sheldrick, the woman who became her human foster parent. Their intense bond reaches a crisis point when Daphne has to leave Aisha with a babysitter for a few days to attend her daughter’s wedding. In those days, Aisha believes she has lost Daphne for good and refuses to eat leading to her death. Though heartbroken, Daphne uses the lessons learnt from Aisha’s short life to help her save over 150 orphans over the next forty years. 

MY WILD AFFAIR: The Ape Who Went to College
Premieres Wednesday, July 23 at 7pm (repeats Sunday, July 27 at 5:30pm)
The incredible story of Chantek, the orang-utan raised as a human child on an American university campus during the 70s and 80s. Taught to speak in sign language, he is now living among his own kind at Zoo Atlanta, although he describes himself as an “orang-utan person.”

MY WILD AFFAIR: The Rhino Who Joined the Family
Premieres Wednesday, July 30 at 7pm
(repeats Sunday, August 3 at 5:30pm)
Rescued from flooding caused by the damming of the Zambezi River, ‘Rupert’ the orphaned black rhinoceros was brought up in the suburban family home of wildlife vet Dr. John Condy. The rhino captured the hearts of the vet’s four young children before his eventual release into the wild. Fifty years on, the children are searching for clues to their childhood friend’s fate.

MY WILD AFFAIR: The Seal Who Came Home
Premieres Wednesday, August 6 at 7pm (repeats Sunday, August 10 at 5:30pm)
Andre, the Seal Who Came Home, is the true story of a 2 day old wild harbour 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 give up 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 be able to make the 200 mile swim home to Rockport. This interspecies friendship weathered every kind of challenge including at the end, Andre’s blindness.

In the Studio: Richard Linklater tapes Overheard 7/14

Overheard taping announcement

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Richard Linklater!
DATE: July 14
TIME: 1:30pm  (Doors open at 1pm)
LOCATION: KLRU’s Studio 6A (map).  
RSVP: The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP now 

linklaterWe are excited to welcome Richard Linklater back to Overheard. Linklater is an Academy Award-nominated filmmaker. His newest film, Boyhood, was filmed over 12 years with the same cast and is already generating Oscar buzz. A.O. Scott of the New York Times wrote that Boyhood is “one of the most extraordinary movies of 2014, or for that matter the 21st century so far.” The film earned Linklater the Silver Bear for Best Director at the Berlin International Film Festival and won the Louis Black Lone Star Award at SXSW. Linklater’s other credits include Bernie, Before Sunset, Slacker and Dazed and Confused. He last taped Overheard in 2012. Boyhood opens in Austin on July 18.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith wraps up 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.

Screening: Getting Back to Abnormal 7/14

Join KLRU for a special screening of the PBS documentary Getting Back to Abnormal directed by Austin filmmaker Paul Stekler co-directed by Louis Alvarez, Andy Kolker & Peter Odabashian

DATE: Monday, July 14
TIME: 6:30 pm (doors open at 6 pm)
LOCATION: KLRU’s Studio 6A
RSVP: The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP now

Austin filmmaker Paul Stekler’s newest PBS documentary, co-directed by Louis Alvarez, Andy Kolker and Peter Odabashian, presents a New Orleans that outsiders rarely see. What happens when America’s most joyous, dysfunctional city rebuilds itself after a disaster? Stekler will be in attendance to discuss the film and answer audience questions. Film screening will begin at 7 pm. Light food and beverages will be served starting at 6:30 pm.

The film airs as part of the PBS series POV at 9 pm July 14th and at 10 pm on July 29th.

Getting Back to Abnormal is a look at the state of New Orleans politics and culture more than five years after Hurricane Katrina. Set against the 2009-2010 local political season, the election of the first white mayor in a generation, and the triumph of the Saints football team, the film is structured around the city’s complicated and ever-present race issue. Mixing fly-on-the-wall verité footage with interviews, the film charts the next chapter of life in New Orleans, including politics (a divisive city council race); housing (the destruction of the city’s housing projects and the rise of new neighborhoods like Brad Pitt’s eco-friendly Make It Right experiment in the flood-ravaged Lower Ninth Ward); cultural self-awareness (the HBO series Treme); and the stories of individual New Orleanians both maintaining and reinventing their lives.

This event is in collaboration with the award-winning documentary series POV. View the site at pbs.org/pov

 

KLRU NewsBriefs: Austin’s First Public Montessori School & Huston-Tillotson Receives Largest Donation Ever

Health and Wellness Center 11X17-C

This weekend during PBS NewsHour we have two East Austin education stories.

On Saturday, we’ll introduce you to one of Austin’s newest charter schools and the city’s only public Montessori school: Magnolia Montessori for All. Founder and Principal Sara Cotner told KLRU about why she chose to locate the school in East Austin.

“In Austin there are more than 20 Montessori schools and they’re all private and they’re all west of I-35. East Austin is this beautiful opportunity where there’s a lot of diversity, a lot of different kinds of families, a rich history of commitment to the community,” Ms. Cotner said. “We feel really honored that we were able to find land that was available here and connect with families who were really interested in this vision.”

The school opens August 4th with 3-year-olds through 3rd graders in portable classrooms. They plan to add a grade level every year through 8th grade. Construction is still underway at the site.

On Sunday, we’ll air our conversation with Ada Anderson, an Austin Civil Rights pioneer who donated $3 million this week to Huston-Tillotson University – the largest gift the school has ever received. The funds will be used to build the Sandra Joy Anderson Community Health and Wellness Center (pictured above), a facility which will serve students and surrounding residents. It is named for Mrs. Anderson’s daughter.

“We all know more and more the need for mental health and the plans for the building just fit so perfectly to what [my daughter and her husband] did,” Mrs. Anderson told us. “There are a lot of people [in East Austin] who don’t have a lot of money who I think will be served there so that’s one of the really exciting things to me.”

HT tells us work will begin on the new building very soon.

These stories air on KLRU at 6:30 on Saturday and Sunday evening during PBS NewsHour Weekend. 

 

Highlights 6/29-7/5

KLRU Highlights

Find out what’s worth watching this week on KLRU!

Sunday, June 29th is a special day on KLRU as we host two season premieres! Starting with the premiere of Last Tango in Halifax Season Two, childhood sweethearts, now widowed in their 70s, reunite over the Internet and rekindle their love. The couple, while a testament to timeless love, faces complications with their grown daughters.

Next at 8 p.m., the 90-minute season two premiere of Masterpiece Mystery!: Endeavour takes us another step in the shoes of Inspector Morse as he digs deeper into the murder mystery.

More dramas follow the season premieres, with an episode of the classic Father Brown at 9:30 p.m. followed by the episode “Perish Together as Fools” of Doc Martin at 10:20 p.m.

Antiques Roadshow in Columbus and then Pittsburgh starting at 7 p.m. Monday. Highlights from the antiques include a letter from Thomas Jefferson valued around $350,000, a Marx “Roy Rogers” play set, and a gold, silver and ruby bracelet worth around $10,000.

Grace Lee Boggs of Detroit is a 98-year-old Chinese American philosopher, activist, writer, and more. She brings a wise perspective on American revolutions from her experience in the labor, civil rights and Black Power movements. Watch a special feature on this amazing woman, American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee on Monday night at 9 on KLRU.

Ken Burns is pairing with PBS for a 7-part epic titled The Roosevelts. Before the series begins this fall, watch a special preview with behind-the-scenes details on the renown documentarian’s filmmaking process on PBS Previews: The Roosevelts. Tune in at 10:30 p.m. on Monday on KLRU.

The investigative team, the Time Scanners, travels to Egypt to scan the amazing pyramids and find out how they evolved into some of the most amazing structures of the ancient world. Watch Egyptian Pyramids on Tuesday night at 7 on KLRU!

On April 27, 1865, the Mississippi steamboat USS Sultana was packed with Union soldiers, and its explosion led to the worst maritime naval disasters in U.S. history. Find out the details on History Detectives Special Investigations: Civil War Sabotage? at 8 p.m. Tuesday and find out if the death toll was reported slimmer than reality, and if the ship sank due to the Confederacy or not.

PBS’ Frontline investigates the crackdown on insider trading with FBI wiretaps, exclusive footage and more on the special To Catch a Trader at 9 on Tuesday night.

Employee-owned businesses are more than underrated, as award-winning filmmakers Melissa Young and Mark Dworkin present in their documentary Shift Change. Learn about the business behind co-operative businesses at 10 p.m. Tuesday.

The driving demand for salmon has led to biologists and engineers engaging in audacious experiments to shore up their numbers. Wednesday night at 7, watch Salmon: Running the Gauntlet on Nature that shows us what these processes are doing to the species and how one might be able to change it.

KLRU continues Wednesday’s science night at 8 p.m. with a supernatural episode of NOVA! Ghosts of Murdered Kings tells the story of the hunt through Ireland’s County Tipperary to investigate the violent, mysterious deaths of bog bodies.

When colonial estate manager Willie Peppe set his workers digging at a mysterious hill in Northern India in 1898, he had no idea what they’d find. Secrets of the Dead: Bones of the Buddha tells the story of the amazing discovery of ancient gems and jewels on Wednesday night at 9.

Unwind with an Austin City Limits performance by modern rock band Wilco at 10 p.m. Wednesday on KLRU.

The best-selling book Game Change spawned an Emmy Award-winning film. Meet the authors and political reporters Mark Halperin and John Heilemann on KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Travel around Texas with Chet from The Daytripper! At 7:30 p.m. Thursday, he visits the International Bowling Hall of Fame and takes a private bowling lesson from a Team USA coach in Arlington. Then at 8 p.m. Chet travels to Abilene to try some artisan peanut brittle and learn about the Texas Frontier. Summing up this Thursday’s tour, Chet explores Orange, Texas to go alligator watching in an airboat at 8:30 p.m.

The seductive, thrilling drama Bletchley Circle is on Thursday night at 9 with the episode Blood on Their Hands, Pt. 1. Another striking PBS drama, Doctor Who, airs at 10 p.m. with Flesh and Stone, the Series 5 opening. Doctor Who and his newfound friend Amy become embroiled in an alien plot that could destroy the Earth!

Tom Bergeron hosts the 34th annual broadcast of A Capitol Fourth at 7 pm and 8:30 pm Friday. The country’s national Independence Day celebration features celebrity and a fireworks display.

See how to grow and design enchanting succulent gardens that stand up to drought and heat on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. On tour, visit a cactus and succulent game changer who’s helped bring succulents into home gardens.

Queens of the Stone Age performs rock anthems on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.