Stories of Service presents Makers: Women in War on Oct. 21

On Tuesday, October 21, from 8 pm to 9 pm, KLRU will be honoring American women and their increasing participation in war—from Vietnam to the present—as nurses, soldiers, journalists, diplomats and spies.

Makers: Women in War is a program that’s part of a national initiative called Stories of Service designed to increase dialogue and solutions as our nations veterans transition to civilian life.

Among those featured on Makers: Women in War are Linda Bray, the first woman to lead troops into battle, and Valerie Plame Wilson, whose career was sabotaged after she was “outed” as a high-level spy. Viewers hear from war correspondents Molly Moore, Clarissa Ward and Christiane Amanpour about life on the battlefield. The film shares the stories of military leaders who have broken through gender barriers, like General Angela Salinas, at her retirement the highest ranking woman serving in the USMC, and Vice Admiral Michelle Howard, the highest-ranking woman in the history of the U.S. Navy.

The PBS programs are part of a national, multi-platform initiative called Stories of Service and a community engagement campaign funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). The Stories of Service collection on PBS’ website includes rotating films and videos, encompassing both new and archival programs, resources for educators and students courtesy of PBS LearningMedia and resources for veterans.  More programming is planned for later this year including Craft In America “Service” (November 2014). The conversation will continue across social media using #ServiceStoriesPBS.

Makers is a program that depicts history of the modern women’s movement, featuring first-person accounts from movement leaders; opponents; celebrities; political figures; business leaders; and ordinary women.

In the Studio: Overheard tapings 10/25 & 10/26

Overheard taping announcement

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for two days of interviews during the Texas Book Festival. These events are free but an RSVP is required. One RSVP gets you access to all four tapings on October 25. You are welcome to come to only one, but please wait for the taping to finish before leaving or entering the studio. There is a separate RSVP for the taping on October 26. All tapings take place in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)

Saturday, October 25th – RSVP now
TIME: Tapings take place at noon, 1 pm, 2 pm and 3:15 pm.
GUESTS: Katha Pollitt, James Ellroy, Nicholas Kristof and Martin Amis

Sunday, October 26 – RSVP now
TIME: Taping begins at 10 am. (Doors open at 9:30 am.)
GUEST: Joyce Carol Oates


Katha Pollitt starts things off at noon on October 25:
Katha Pollitt is an award-winning author and columnist for The Nation. Her previous work of essays surrounding feminism, women’s rights, and politics have been compiled into several books including Reasonable Creatures: Essays on Women and Feminism and Virginity or Death!: And Other Social and Political Issues of Our Time. Her most recent book, Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights, discusses women’s reproductive rights. RSVP for this taping

 

James Ellroy immediately follows at 1 pm on October 25: 
James Ellory is an author known for his noir-style crime fiction, primarily set in Los Angeles. Some of his past works have been adapted into Hollywood successes, including the Academy Award-winning L.A. Confidential and The Black Dahlia. His latest novel, Perfidia, is set in Los Angeles during World War II, as Japanese internment camps begin forming. RSVP for this taping

 


Nicholas Kristof immediately follows at 2 pm on October 25:
Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner, Nicholas Kristof is a journalist, author and op-ed columnist forThe New York Times. His books, including the best-selling Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, have all been co-written with his wife Sheryl WuDunn and primarily focus on poverty, health, and human rights in the developing world. His most recent book, co-authored with his wife, A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity, will be adapted into a documentary coming to PBS in early 2015. RSVP for this taping

 


Martin Amis immediately follows at 3:15 pm on October 25: 
Martin Amis is a British novelist and non-fiction author. His most famous works includeMoney, Experience, and London Fields. And in 2008, the UK newspaper The Times named him one of the top 50 greatest British writers since 1945. His latest book, The Zone of Interest, a satire set in World War II, has attracted attention and controversy, especially in Europe. RSVP for this taping

 

 

Joyce Carol Oates ends the Texas Book Festival interviews at 10 am on October 26:
Joyce Carol Oates is one of the most distinguished and critically-acclaimed fiction writers in America. She is a recipient of the National Medal of Humanities, the National Book Critics Circle Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Book Award, and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction, and has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Her works of fiction include We Were the MulvaneysBlonde and The Accursed. Her latest collection of stories, Lovely, Dark, Deep: Stories, was published in September. RSVP for this taping 

Special Thanks to the Texas Book Festival

KLRU News Briefs: Last Minute Surge in Voter Registration & Ten Acre Organics’ Sustainable Aquaponics

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This Saturday during PBS NewsHour Weekend we profile Ten Acre Organics, a sustainable urban farm in East Austin.

Friends Lloyd Minick and Michael Hanan founded the farm back in 2012 with the goal of creating a sustainable approach to agriculture in an urban environment. Now they’ve created a business, using composting, two aquaponics systems and naturally-ventilated greenhouses.

“We sell baskets of groceries  and what we do is we try to sell ten of them in any week to neighbors and people that we work with, and then the food that’s produced in the aquaponics system mostly herbs and greens we sell to local restaurants,” Michael Hanan said.

You can find out more about Ten Acre Organics by watching an extended version of that story on the Central Texas Gardener blog.

On Sunday, we talk to Travis County officials to get a tally of how many people registered to vote before the midnight deadline on Monday, October 6th. Travis County Tax Registrar Bruce Elfant said they saw more people registering this year than in recent gubernatorial election cycles.

“It’s not like a presidential cycle but it’s higher than we typically see in a gubernatorial year,” Elfant said. “We had locations at every Thundercloud Subs throughout Travis County. People could also register at any tax office location, or pick up cards at libraries or post offices. We believe we received as many as 10,000 cards on Monday.”

We also spoke to some University of Texas students registering their classmates on campus.

KLRU News Briefs air every Saturday and Sunday evening during PBS NewsHour Weekend at 6:30pm. 

 

 

Science Night October 15

Alongside the fastest, strongest, smartest animals are nature’s misfits, odd, bizarre and unlikely creatures that at first glance seem ill-equipped for survival. Left at the starting line in the race for life, these are the apparent losers in the story of evolution, yet somehow they manage to cling to life and in some cases even thrive. Nature | Animal Misfits Wednesday at 7 pm reveals some surprising details about how evolution really works, demonstrating that all animals are remarkably well-adapted to their chosen way of life.

Dirty water has killed more humans than all the wars of history combined, but in the last 150 years, a series of radical ideas, extraordinary innovations have changed our world. On How We Got to Now with Steven Johnson | Clean Wednesday at 8 pm, it’s not only about the world becoming a cleaner place – the iPhone, the subway, flat screen TVs and even the bikini are the result of the valiant efforts of the unsung heroes of clean.

The world today is obsessed by time. On How We Got to Now with Steven Johnson | Time Wednesday at 9 pm, learn how advancements in navigation, the way we work, technology and travel would have been impossible without the unsung heroes of time.

Highlights October 12-18

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On Sunday, part three of the hit series The Paradise is airing at 7 pm. This is an episode you don’t want to miss.

Following at 8 pm on Sunday, watch another Masterpiece Mystery! favorite: Inspector Lewis.

On Sunday’s episode of DCI Banks at 8:30 pm, Banks receives a disturbing message from his brother Roy, so he drops everything to find him, just as new recruit DI Helen Morton finds evidence linking Banks to the body of a murder victim.

On Monday starting at 7 pm, enjoy two hours of the Antiques Roadshow. They travel to Jacksonville, Florida and Raleigh, North Carolina.

Independent Lens Monday at 9 pm shows teachers and parents addressing bullying in schools.

Three guests’ families on Finding Your Roots Tuesday at 7 pm have long been engaged in the battle for freedom and civil rights, but they had no idea that those principles were passed down through generations of ancestors.

Trace the history of women pioneers in the U.S. space program on Makers Women in Space Tuesday at 8 pm.

Frontline Tuesday at 9 pm investigates the widespread use of antibiotics in food animals and whether it is fueling the growing crisis of antibiotic resistance in people.

Two episodes of On Story begin at 10 pm. One features Frank Darabont, writer and director of such classics as The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile and The Mist, the other includes deconstructing a sci-fi classic.

Nature Animal Mistfits Wednesday at 7 pm reveals some surprising details about how evolution really works, demonstrating that all animals are remarkably well-adapted to their chosen way of life.

Two episodes of How We Got To Now With Steven Johnson air at 8 pm on Wednesday. Johnson explores the unsung heroes of clean and of time.

Singer/songwriters Ed Sheeran and Valerie June grace the stage at Austin City Limits Wednesday at 10 pm and and Friday at 11 pm on KLRU.

Mark Bittman, an opinion columnist and lead food writer for The New York Times, is on Overheard with Evan Smith Thursday at 7 pm.

Hear viewpoints from across the state on water use and its economic impact, water supply/acquisition and water conservation on Texas Perspective: Water Thursday at 7:30 pm.

Daytripper’s Chet heads to Lubbock and explores the Texas High Plains Thursday at 8:30 pm.

BrainChange Thursday at 9 pm reveals the devastating truth about the effects of wheat, sugar, and carbohydrates on the human brain, with a 30-day plan to achieve optimum health.

Don’t miss Washington Week with Gwen Ifill Friday at 7 pm!

Following at 7:30 pm on Friday, Bill Moyers joins us with Moyers and Company.

Watch Porgy and Bess, an American musical theater staple about an African-American community on Catfish Row in coastal South Carolina. It’s brought to us by the San Francisco Opera Friday at 8 pm.

Let your lettuce and broccoli mingle with wildlife food plants and winter’s dormant perennials on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. Visit a modern-styled new build where raised food gardens join native plants against a recycled fence design.

Nine Inch Nails makes a rare television appearance, taking the Austin City Limits stage Saturday at 7 pm in an hour-long performance of tracks from the latest album, Hesitation Marks.

Get your Inspector Lewis, a television series via Masterpiece Mystery!, fix Saturday at 8 pm.

Father Brown Saturday at 9:30 pm follows the kindly cleric as he solves crimes in his community.

Q Night at the Movies October 11

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This week Movie Night with KLRU Q will feature the American classic, An American In Paris, at 8 pm on Saturday. Here’s a short synopsis: An American soldier (Gene Kelly) stays in Paris after World War II to paint and falls in love with a French beauty (Leslie Caron). us on Saturday at 7 pm for hours of entertainment!

But, that’s not all! Join KLRU Q prior to the movie for even more fun. Beginning at 7 pm, the Hollywood review show Just Seen It airs. Watch the review show where industry professionals present their takes on current movies and TV shows, and interview Hollywood insiders.

Then, in On Story | Frank Darabont: Filmmakers Journey, Frank Darabont, writer and director of such classics as The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile and The Mist, discusses adapting works by Stephen King and keeping his characters at the core of the story.

Watch movies every Saturday starting at 7 pm only on KLRU Q!

KLRU Q is broadcast channel 18.3. It is also available to digital cable subscribers of Grande on 284 and Time Warner on 20

 

RTL Demonstration Station Inauguration

KLRU and the Boys & Girls Club East performed an inauguration ceremony during their “Kids Day.” The inauguration celebrated the installment of a new digital learning center “The Demonstration Station.” It features 16 mini iPads that are jam-packed with PBS Kids content, including videos, e-books, and over 50 apps designed to improve reading, math, science, and even art skills. The Demonstration Station also includes other supporting equipment such as a projector for large group activities/screening movies, a projection screen, a PA system, and an iPad compatible printer. KLRU will be providing staff training in fun PBS curriculum to enrich B&G Club’s current out-of-school program.

KLRU is proud to partner with the Boys & Girls Club East, thanks to this Ready To Learn (RTL) Initiative, a partnership of PBS, The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, to provide rich, educational multimedia content to this community’s children and their families.

KLRU News Briefs: Revel in Old School Charm at the Drive-In and Voter Registration Deadline Nears

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Our Saturday news brief during PBS NewsHour Weekend comes from KLRU’s Arts in Context Shorts series. This week they go inside The Blue Starlite, a vintage drive-in which utilizes vintage speakers, trailers and the tarmac of the former airport.

A few nights every week cars gather just before sundown and line up in front of the screen, the distant city skyline appearing as a backdrop. What started as a stunt to impress his then girlfriend and now wife, owner Josh Frank’s drive-in has grown to accommodate up to 50 cars, a handful of walk-ins, and a Winnebago-housed concession stand.

“The whole combined experience, especially with being outside and under the stars – it’s just a very unique experience that’s totally outside of what you would get at a traditional theater,” Manager Gregg Wehmeier said.

The last day to register to vote in the November election is Monday, October 6. So, on Sunday, we take a look back at the final two debates for Lieutenant Governor and Governor, which both took place this week. Monday, in the race for Lt. Governor, Republican Nominee Dan Patrick and Democratic Nominee Leticia Van de Putte faced off in KLRU’s Studio 6A. On Tuesday, Gubernatorial candidates, Republican Nominee Greg Abbott and Democratic Nominee Wendy Davis, debated in the KERA studio in Dallas.

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

Arts In Context Shorts: With Panache

This week, Arts In Context Shorts gets you moving! More than a dance, tango is a connection between two people – and the teachers and students of Esquina Tango know that to dance it well, you must be tuned into the other person’s body and movement.  More than a dance studio, Esquina Tango offers a variety of classes and is a cultural center that uses dance as a tool to bring people together, with tango at the heart of it.  With patient instructors and classes for all ages and incomes, this non-profit dance studio has tuned in to the needs of its East Austin community and continues to grow with panache.