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

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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.

 

 

 

Science Night 7/2

Join us for Science Night on Wednesday, July 2nd!

Starting at 7:00 p.m., Nature features a vital member of the food chain, salmon. Salmon: Running the Gauntlet explores possible solutions to repopulate the endangered species other than the farming, transportation and tanks currently used. Watch the extended preview above for a sneak peek!

NOVA follows archaeologists and forensic experts in Ireland’s County Tipperary to uncover the mystery of frozen bog bodies that were gruesomely murdered – who are they? What happened to them? Ghosts of Murdered Kings travels back up to 5,000 years ago to investigate the mysterious mutilated bodies at 8 p.m. on KLRU’s Science Night. (P.S. – watch the preview above!)

Next at 9 p.m., more buried mysteries are revealed: Secrets of the Dead‘s Bones of the Buddha tells the story of a colonial estate manager that accidentally discovered treasures underground in India in 1898. Find out what the ancient materials unveiled in history on Science Night!

Q Night At The Movies – 6/28

KLRU Q is bringing the theater to you this Saturday night for another Night At The Movies. Check out what feature film is playing along with the programs that give you the inside scoop behind Hollywood!

Just Seen It – 7:00 p.m.
Wondering if you should watch that movie that just came out? Watch the review show where industry professionals present their takes on current movies and TV shows, and interview Hollywood insiders.

On Story Deconstructing Dog Day Afternoon – 7:30 p.m.
Frank Pierson’s Academy Award winning Dog Day Afternoon elevates the classic crime genre through its exploration of textured characters and rationale. Screenwriters Robin Swicord (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) and Peter Craig (The Town) examine the story s masterful reveal of information and its surprising, but inevitable and honest conclusion.

Cabaret (1972) - 8:00 p.m.
Multiple Oscars went to this tale about an American chanteuse in Berlin caught in the rising tide of Nazism. Cast: Liza Minnelli, Joel Grey, Michael York.

Stage Left: A Story of Theater In San Francisco – 10:05 p.m.
Inspired by a Western history of risk taking and exploration, a climate of political and social activism, a particular multicultural mix, and a geography that is seismically unstable, San Francisco theater artists have focused on pushing the boundaries of the form.

Intergalactic Nemesis Event 7/2

Intergalactic Nemesis

Intergalactic Nemesis Goes Digital … JUST In Time To Wrap Up The Trilogy! Join us for coffee and a light breakfast as Jason Neulander, Creator/Intergalactic Nemesis, announces the next BIG thing in the Intergalactic Nemesis Saga.

DATE: Wednesday, July 2
TIME: 10 am
LOCATION: Rollins Studio Theatre at the Long Center
RSVP: The event is free

It is time to choose a side once and for all: Will you stand for freedom and liberty against outer-space sludge monsters? Or would you prefer to be subjugated? The fate of the whole planet hangs in the balance, and all will be revealed in Intergalactic Nemesis: Twin Infinity, the third and final installment of the Intergalactic Nemesis trilogy, premiering in Austin this summer: September 5 and 6 at the Long Center. Local audiences will also have the chance to see the first two installments of the trilogy: Target Earth and Robot Planet Rising July 2-6.

As if all this wasn’t amazing enough, Intergalactic creator Jason Neulander has some very exciting news to go along with the premier. Neulander will announce new partnerships with KLRU-TV Austin PBS, OneOfUs.net and comiXology to take the entire series into new and unknown digital territory (more to be revealed)!

Imagine One Austin Information Series Starts Monday

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You may have heard Austin’s city government is undergoing a makeover, and in November voters will elect a completely new City Council from 10 new districts, and a new mayor. KLRU is committed to educating Austin voters about their city government so they can make informed decisions about who to support and be fully engaged in their communities.

With that in mind, we’ve teamed up with Leadership AustinThe Annette Strauss Institute for Civic LifeCommunity Impact Newspaper, the Center for Politics and Governance at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, and The League of Women Voters of the Austin Area to organize the Imagine One Austin Information Series, a free, seven week crash-course about Austin and the region’s most pressing issues.

The ImagineAustin Comprehensive Plan will be used as the framework for this series with participation from both city staff and community leaders. The first session on Monday, June 30 is focused on Demographics and Existing Plans.

More Information:

Consecutive Monday evenings (June 30 – August 11) from 6:00 – 8:00 pm
LCRA Dalchau Service Center (3505 Montopolis Dr)
Admission: FREE

  • Session I (June 30) – Demographics and Existing Plans
  • Session II (July 7) – City Utilities, Budget, and Capital Planning
  • Session III (July 14) – Economy
  • Session IV (July 21) – Conservation, Environment, and Recreation
  • Session V (July 28) – Land Use and Transportation
  • Session VI (August 4) – Housing, Neighborhoods, and Public Safety
  • Session VII (August 11) – Health and Human Services

You can register to attend here.

Science Night! 6/25

Special programs from 7:00-10:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 25th reveal fascinating scientific facts behind our everyday world.

Starting with Nature, Fabulous Frogs goes into the weird world of one of the most successful amphibians. Colorful, slimy, big or small, these fascinating creatures adapt to survive almost any habitat. Watch the frog feature at 7 p.m. on KLRU.

Next at 8 p.m., NOVA explores the Earth’s most severe natural disasters. Deadliest Earthquakes looks at a year one of the worst annual death tolls ever recorded, 2010. Focusing on the worst earthquake of the year in Haiti, American geologists sift through the aftermath of the storm that killed over 200,000 people.

A special NOVA presentation, Surviving the Tsunami, gets stories from survivors of the worst tsunami to ever hit Japan. Stories of a daughter pulling her elderly mother out of the water and to a rooftop, hear how ordinary citizens became heroes through the tragedy at 9:00 p.m. on KLRU’s Science Night!

Highlights 6/22-6/28

KLRU Highlights

Check out what you need to watch this week on KLRU!

The past and present wonders of the “tube” in London is explored on Secrets of Underground London, showing at 7 p.m. on Sunday.

A brilliant defense lawyer, nicknamed the Escape Artist, gets caught in a bind with a case that changes his life forever. Watch Masterpiece Mystery!’s The Escape Artist, Part Two at 8 on Sunday night.

Solve more mysteries with the kind cleric Father Brown with an episode at 9:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Starting in Tampa and ending up in Atlanta, Antiques Roadshow compares their trips to these cities 15 years ago to now. A fork from the Hindenburg disaster and a letter from Abraham Lincoln are included on these back-to-back episodes starting at 7 p.m. on Monday.

The young, rising independent filmmaker Jason DaSilva was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at 25, leading him to make the inspiring film When I Walk. Watch the young man’s struggle to adapt to the harsh realities of M.S. while holding on to his personal and creative life at 9 p.m. on Monday.

Between 1914 and 1924, the iconic men Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, John Burroughs and later Harvey Firestone decided to go on an adventure to escape their everyday lives, trekking through Florida’s Everglades. Learn of their adventure on Into the Wild: Edison, Ford & Friends at 10:30 p.m. Monday.

In 1963, the nation changed forever when thousands of Americans marched on Washington to demand their civil rights. See how it formed and almost didn’t happen on the documentary March at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

Continue going behind the scenes of vital events from the Civil Rights Movement with Freedom Summer: American Experience. The documentary investigates the murders of three civil rights workers, countless beatings, the burning of 35 churches, and the bombing of 70 homes and Freedom Houses at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

More reflection on the development of American civil rights from Austin Revealed: Civil Rights Stories focuses on our city while history was in the making, Tuesday night at 10.

Hopping back to the present, Juneteenth Jamboree: Texas’ African American looks at the current celebration of African American culture in our state at 10:30 on Tuesday night.

Nature shows us the fascinating features of Fabulous Frogs at 7 on Wednesday night.

NOVA examines the horrific, deadly earthquakes of 2010 that produced one of the highest annual death tolls ever recorded. Watch Deadliest Earthquakes at 8 p.m. on Wednesday on KLRU.

Continue going in depth into the natural tragedies that have plagued the Earth with Surviving the Tsunami: A Special NOVA Presentation. The special features true stories of survivors from the 2011 earthquake, the worst to ever hit Japan, starting at 9 on Wednesday night.

R&B grooves the ACL stage with Raphael Saadiq and Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears at 10 p.m. on Wednesday.

Discuss breaking issues with prominent figures on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 p.m. on Thursday.

KLRU’s original program Arts in Context explores well-known artists’ behavior with their own portraits on the special Transfiguration. Watch them purposely destroy their own photographic portrait and then recover or remake it anew starting at 7:30 on Thursday night.

Over three years of filming produced a look into the life of a painter who can’t stop painting on the documentary Mel Leipzig: Everything is Paintable airing at 8 p.m. on Thursday.

The Daytripper heads to Lufkin, Texas to paddle the Neches and hike in one of the state’s four National Forests at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Bletchley Circle‘s episode three premiers on KLRU at 9 Thursday night as the mystery killer becomes obsessed with Susan and starts to follow her.

Doctor Who Series 5 continues with the episode The Time of Angels at 10 on Thursday night, with the Doctor and Amy being summoned to destroy the last Weeping Angel.

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and Moyers & Company keep us up-to-date on what’s happening in our country starting at 7 p.m. on Friday.

With too many bands to list, All ATX: A Celebration of Austin Musicians shows a performance of all of Austin’s best in celebration of the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians at 8 p.m. on Friday.

Delve into the Unforgettable Hampton Family on the documentary that shows how Deacon Clark Hampton, a son of slaves, lifted his twelve children out of poverty by making them into successful musicians, airing Friday night at 10.

Find out what’s up with vertical planters for indoor gardening and small spaces outdoors on Central Texas Gardener, Saturday at noon and 4 p.m.

Watch on Saturday night at 7 as Austin City Limits hosts Wilco in a performance promoting their new LP, The Whole Love.

Inspector Morse must choose between the responsibilities of his job and loyalty to his mentor on Endeavour, Series I: Home at 8:45 on Saturday night, followed by the drama Doc Martin at 10:15.

KLRU NewsBriefs: Celebrating Juneteenth with Bell County History

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This week during PBS NewsHour Weekend, we’ll air excerpts from Juneteenth Jamboree, a 30 minute special about Bell County’s African-American history.

On Saturday, we introduce you to some famous names who have called Bell County home, including “Mean Joe” Greene and Alvin Ailey. Stephanie Turnham of the Bell County Museum told us Ailey’s first creation of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 1958, “Blues Suite,” was inspired by his early childhood in Rogers, Texas.

“It starts out with the train whistle, way in the background and, of course, that tells us that work is over for the day. So, all of these characters come out to this juke joint, or whatever you want to call it, and light up the night,” Turnham said. “Alvin remembers beautiful women dressed up and men with their .38 Specials and that sort of thing.”

On Sunday, we hear why Killeen is known as one of the most diverse cities in Texas – thanks in large part to Fort Hood. When it was called Camp Hood during World War II, the all African-American 761st Tank Battalion was stationed on post. Also known as the Black Panther Battalion, the group included baseball legend Jackie Robinson.

Racial segregation policies of the times initially kept them out of the conflict overseas, but the 761st, nonetheless, achieved a superior combat rating and were deployed to the European theater, where they performed with precision and bravery. Today, a monument on post is dedicated to them.

Wilbert Byrd, President of the Central Texas Memorial Chapter of the 761st Tank Battalion & Allied Veterans Association tells us that before the memorial was built, the group was largely forgotten.

“They said the 761st? Who? Everybody knows about the Tuskegee Airmen, everybody knows about what they did, but nobody had ever heard of the 761st Tank Battalion even with all the things that they had done,” Byrd said. “We think we came up with something that was not only appropriate, not only was it elegant, but it was simple and it did what we wanted to do, it informed the public about the 761st Tank Battalion and their exploits during WWII.”

You can see both of these stories during PBS NewsHour weekend this Saturday and Sunday at 6:30pm. You can see Juneteenth Jamboree tonight, June 19 at 7:30pm and Tuesday, June 24 at 10:30pm.

Q Night At The Movies – 6/21

KLRU Q - Night at the Movies

KLRU Q hosts another Night At The Movies this Saturday. Starting at 7 p.m., you can sit back and watch a classic film and experience Hollywood from inside with special interviews and more. Check out what KLRU Q features this week:

Just Seen It - 7:00 p.m.
Wondering if you should watch that movie that just came out? Watch the review show where industry professionals present their takes on current movies and TV shows, and interview Hollywood insiders.

On Story – 7:30 p.m.
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.

The Big Country (1958) - 8:00 p.m.
Burl Ives earned a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for his portrayal of a family patriarch involved in a bitter land feud in this explosive western drama. Cast: Gregory Peck, Jean Simmons, Carroll Baker, Charlton Heston, Burl Ives.

America’s Wild West – 10:50 p.m.
Follow up the classic Western film with a closer look into the origins of the genre on the frontier.