Science Night Feb. 18

Sculptors and archaeologists team up in an attempt to solve the mysteries of the lost city of Petra. Plus, a look at how owls’ keen senses work and an investigation of Earth’s oceans and the threats they face on the Feb. 18 Science Night.

Nature Owl Power at 7 p.m.

For centuries, owls have been fascinating hallmarks of children’s stories and folk tales the world over. What actually makes owls so special? Using the camera technology, computer graphics, x-rays and ultra-microscopes available in the modern world, take a new look at owls in more detail than ever before. The real stories behind how they hunt, how their vision and hearing work, and how they fly so silently are influencing 21st-century technology and design, from high-tech aircraft and submarines to innovative hearing aids.

NOVA Petra — Lost City Of Stone at 8 p.m.

More than two thousand years ago, the thriving city of Petra rose up in the bone-dry desert of what is now Jordan. An oasis of culture and abundance, the city was built by wealthy merchants whose camel caravans transported incense and spices across hundreds of miles from the Arabian Gulf. They carved spectacular temple-tombs into its soaring cliffs, raised a monumental Great Temple at its heart, and devised an ingenious system that channeled water to vineyards, bathhouses, fountains, and pools. But following a catastrophic earthquake and a slump in its desert trade routes, Petra’s unique culture faded and was lost to most of the world for nearly a thousand years. Now, in a daring experiment, an archaeologist and sculptors team up to carve an iconic temple-tomb to find out how the ancient people of Petra built their city of stone. And beyond Petra’s city of the dead, scientists using remote sensors and hydraulic flumes discover a city of the living-complete with a water system that not only supplied 30,000 people with enough to drink, but also filled bathhouses, fountains, and pools with such abundance that some scholars believe this desert metropolis may have been the Las Vegas of the ancient world. The race is on to discover how these nomads created this oasis of culture in one of the harshest climates on earth, and ultimately, why Petra disappeared.

Earth A New Wild Oceans at 9 p.m.

Starting on the most pristine reef on Earth, home to more predators than prey, Sanjayan draws on his own ocean experiences to reveal a vibrant community of scientists, engineers and fishermen who are providing solutions that can help restore the oceans in astonishing ways. He is aware of the vast scale of the threat to our oceans, but standing in the water playing midwife to a large lemon shark is just one of the moments that give him hope that we can turn around our influence on the most important habitat on Earth.

Highlights February 15-21

KLRU Highlights

It’s the quarter-finals of the Great British Baking Show and only five bakers remain. Mary and Paul up the ante to see which bakers will rise to the challenge of creating 36 showstopping doughnuts and more on Sunday at 7 p.m.

On season 5, episode 7 of Downton Abbey, Bates’ train ticket returns to the spotlight. Isobel encounters a surprising obstacle to happiness. An arrival brings new hope, while departures bring both relief and sorrow on Masterpiece Theater at 8 pm on Sunday.

Episode 5 of Grantchester finds Sidney and Geordie on holiday in London where they happen upon a murder, allowing them to show Scotland Yard a thing or two. Masterpiece Mystery! airs Sunday at 9 pm.

Independent Lens feature Through A Lens Darkly tells the story of the pioneering African-American photographers who have recorded the lives and aspirations of generations, from slavery to the present. Through A Lens Darkly airs Monday at 9 pm.

Explore Thurgood Marshall’s life in the years leading up to the landmark Brown v. Board of Education ruling in the compelling biography Mr: Civil RIghts: Thurgood Marshall and the NAACP on Monday at 10 pm.

A team of genealogists uncovers fascinating family histories at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania on Genealogy Roadshow Philadelphia, Tuesday at 7 pm.

Italian Americans, on Tuesday at 8 pm, traces the evolution of Italian Americans from the late 19th century to today. This series peels away myths and stereotypes to reveal a world uniquely Italian and uniquely American.

Mosaic: The Deep Eddy Mural takes us on a journey from inception through dedication of the 1,200 square foot mosaic mural at historic Deep Eddy Pool. Get a peek behind the curtain to understand what it takes to create of a truly monumental work on Tuesday at 10 pm.

For centuries, owls have been fascinating hallmarks of children’s stories and folk tales the world over. What actually makes owls so special? Find out on Nature Owl Power Wednesday at 7 pm.

In a daring experiment, an archaeologist and sculptors team up to carve an iconic temple-tomb to find out how the ancient people of Petra built their city of stone on NOVA Petra – Lost City of Stone at 8 pm on Wednesday.

On Earth A New Wild Oceans, Sanjayan draws on his own ocean experiences to reveal a vibrant community of scientists, engineers and fishermen who are providing solutions that can help restore the oceans in astonishing ways. Airs Wednesday at 9 pm.

Highlights from the inaugural Austin City Limits Hall of Fame presentation on Austin City Limits Wednesday at 10 pm and Friday at 10 pm. Performers include Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Emmylou Harris, Buddy Guy and Double Trouble.

Overheard With Evan Smith sits down with Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Richard Linklater on Thursday at 7 pm.

Arts In Context at 7:30 pm Thursday profiles the Rude Mechs, a group that creates original productions that represent a genre-defying cocktail of big ideas, cheap laughs, and dizzying spectacle.

Chet heads to Athens and Kingsville on back-to-back episodes of The Daytripper at 8 pm on Thursday.

The best of Austin and British Invasion musicians perform in celebration of the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians on ALL ATX – The British Invasion, Thursday at 9 pm.

From his roots as an activist and poet to his indelible mark on Broadway, American Masters – August Wilson captures the legacy of the man some call America’s Shakespeare. Airs Friday at 8 pm.

Austin Revealed: Civil Rights Stories, on at 9:30 pm on Friday, features interviews with prominent Austin citizens about their experience during Austin’s civil rights period, the effect of segregation and what gentrification has meant to the city.

Pull together spots for sun or shade with companions that grow together on Central Texas Gardener at noon on Saturday.

Austin City Limits presents modern blues and soul with Gary Clark, Jr. and Alabama Shakes on Saturday at 7 pm.

In the Studio: Hertzberg & Axelrod on Overheard

Overheard taping announcement

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Hendrik Hertzberg on February 17 and David Axelrod on February 25. The tapings will take place in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open 30 minutes prior to the taping time.

Hendrik Hertzberg at 1:45pm on 2/17 RSVP Now

Hendrik Hertzberg is Senior Editor and Staff Writer at The New Yorker. He served as speechwriter for President Jimmy Carter and then as editor and political correspondent for The New Republic. He’s a six-time finalist for the National Magazine Award for Columns and Commentary. He won the award in 2006. Hertzberg is the author of Politics: Observations & Arguments¡Obamanos!: The Birth of a New Political Era, and One Million. Hendrik Hertzberg at 1:45pm on 2/17 RSVP Now

 

David Axelrod at 3:45pm on 2/25 RSVP Now

David Axelrod is a political strategist and former Senior Advisor to President Obama. He ran both of President Obama’s campaigns in 2008 and 2012. In addition to his successful presidential campaigns with President Obama, he’s worked for a number of other big names in Democratic politics – Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, Deval Patrick, and Rahm Emanuel, just to name a few. His memoir, Believer: My Forty Years in Politics, has just been published. He is in Austin to speak and sign copies at the LBJ Presidential Library. David Axelrod at 3:45pm on 2/25 RSVP Now

 

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith continues a fifth season of interviews featuring engaging conversations with fascinating people. The show airs on PBS stations nationally and presents a wide range of thoughtmakers and tastemakers from the fields of politics, journalism, business, arts, sports and more. Please join us and be part of the studio audience at this taping with Hendrik Hertzberg and David Axelrod. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at klru.org/overheard.

 

Community Cinema: The Homestretch 3/3

Join KLRU and the Austin Public Library for a screening and discussion of The Homestretch on Tuesday, March 3rd, at Windsor Park Branch Library (5833 Westminster Dr.). The free event is open to the public and takes place from 7 pm to 9 pm.

Three homeless teens brave Chicago winters, high school pressures, and life on the streets to build a brighter future. Against all odds, they recover from a life of abandonment to create new, surprising definitions of home.

Our guest speakers for the post-documentary discussion will be representatives from Region XIII’s Homeless Education Program and Micah 6 Austin.

Sandy Lawrence
Homeless Education Specialist at Education Service Center Region XIII’s Homeless Education Program
Education Service Center Region XIII’s Homeless Education Program (HEP) has worked with regional school districts, charter schools, and social service agencies for over 20+ years to encourage and support the identification, enrollment, and academic success of children and youth without homes. Sandy Lawrence has managed the Homeless Education Program at Education Service Center since 1990.

Mac McKaskle
Director of Street Youth Programs at Micah 6 Austin

Micah 6 is a coalition of eleven churches in the University of Texas neighborhood who have pooled their social justice ministries to better serve the hungry and homeless in the area. The Micah 6 Street Youth Drop In Center is in its fourth year. Located in the historic University Baptist Church on Guadalupe Street it provides a safe place for street dependent young people to find a respite from the weather, to access the internet and a nutritious meal.

 

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.

African-American Girls in Central Texas Outperform the Boys

GIRLS GRAD RATES
Girl Grad Rates

Courtesy: E3 Alliance

Data from the E3 Alliance show non-low income African-American girls in Central Texas have the highest graduation rate of any group, around 98% for the Class of 2013. 87% of low income African-American girls graduated in the same year. We took a closer look at the data for this weekend’s News Briefs during PBS NewsHour Weekend.

“Our low income black women are not performing at the same level as the not-low income black women but they still are outperforming our boys across the board,” E3 Alliance Executive Director Susan Dawson said. “They’re wanting to become leaders, they’re wanting to demonstrate they have the capabilities to succeed.  In fact, up to three-fourths of young African-American women are enrolling directly into college, as opposed to some student bodies where just 35% or 40% enroll directly into college.”

We wondered why the boys are falling behind, so we look at that on Sunday.

“Enter any kindergarten and you’ll see just as many boys as girls. But, by the time they graduate it’s completely a different number,” Dawson said. “The boys at first are very academic, but by the third or fourth grade you have more of them placed in special ed, you have more that are suspended. Once you get referred to special ed, it’s very hard to get back out.”

 You can find more Central Texas education data on the E3 Alliance’s website.

KLRU News Briefs air locally during PBS NewsHour weekend, Saturday and Sunday evenings at 6:30. Both of these stories are part of KLRU’s American Graduate initiative, which is aimed at increasing awareness around the dropout crisis in Central Texas. Do you have an American Graduate story idea? We’d love to hear from you. Email us at CivicSummit@klru.org, post a comment, or tweet at us using #amgradtx. 

Arts In Context Shorts: Flow

This week, Arts In Context Shorts presents the art of thinking fast. Founded as a platform for hip-hop artists, the Austin Mic Exchange works tirelessly to create a community of aspiring and independent emcees. Their weekly open mic nights are a haven for artists seeking stage time,  a forum for the city’s best emcees to connect with their peers, and an invaluable opportunity to hone their craft. Freestylers electrify the crowd as they perform their highwire act – improvising frenetically and letting the flow take over them. Part showcase, part community event, and all love, these open mics cultivate the small but fiercely active hip-hop community in Austin.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with KLRU Kids

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KLRU Kids presents several Valentine’s Day specials starting Feb. 9th!

Curious George Happy Valentine’s Day, George!
Monday, February 9th at 8 am
Tuesday, February 10th at 8:30 am and 2:30 pm
Wednesday, February 11th at 8 am
Thursday, February 12th at 8:30 am and 2:30 pm
Friday, February 13th at 8 am
George wants to make his friends the best Valentine’s Day card ever, but even with four paws, it takes a long time to create homemade cards for everyone. With a little help from sponge shapes, red paint, and a waffle iron, George creates the first ever monkey Valentine’s Printing Press!

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood It’s Love Day! / Daniel’s Love Day Surprise
Monday, February 9th at 9 am
Tuesday, February 10th at 9:30 am
Wednesday, February 11th at 9 am
Thursday, February 12th at 9:30 am
Friday, February 13th at 9 am
Thursday, March 12th at 9:30 am
It’s Love Day! – Ugga Mugga! It’s Love Day in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe. Daniel and all of his friends come up with their own special ways to show their love and care for one another. The kids dance, sing, and tell jokes to say “I love you.” Daniel’s Love Day Surprise – It’s Love Day and Grandpere is coming to visit! How can Daniel find a way to show how much he loves Grandpere? With a treasure hunt, that’s how! Daniel hides little hearts all over the house for Grandpere to find… that is, unless little Margaret finds them first! Strategy: Find your own way to say “I love you.”

WordGirl Cherish Is the Word
Wednesday, February 11th at 6:30 
It’s Valentines Day! All of the kids at school are making special valentines to share with their special friends. But when Victoria Best runs off with all of the cards, will she ruin Valentine’s Day for everyone? It’s up to WordGirl to swoop in and save the day.

Clifford the Big Red Dog Big Hearted T-Bone & Cleo’s Valentine Surprise
Sunday, February 15th at 8 am
Clifford’s Big Idea: Be Responsible T-Bone generously offers to watch Cleo’s niece KiKi so Cleo can get some rest. But his honorable intentions are challenged when his female canine friend Mimi comes to town. Clifford’s Big Idea: Help Others Cleo, with some help from K.C., prepares a special gift for Clifford and T-Bone and expects a BIG gift in return.

Highlights February 8-14

KLRU Highlights

Week seven in the tent sees bakers tested on all kinds of weird, wonderful pastries on Great British Baking Show at 7 pm on Sunday.

Violet gets a new maid and a dramatic revelation. Bates and Anna may prove unable to sustain their secrets. And surprises—both exciting and heartbreaking—rock Downton Abbey on Downton Abbey season 5, episode 6 on Masterpiece Theater at 8 pm on Sunday.

A shocking murder reveals the depths of homophobia in Cambridge, and Geordie crosses swords with Sidney over conduct of the investigation in part 4 of Grantchester on Masterpiece Mystery! at 9 pm on Sunday.

More finds from Antiques Roadshow’s trip to Austin, including World War II scrapbook originally belonging to one of the “Monuments Men” and valuable jade ring, on Antiques Roadshow, Austin Hour Three at 7 pm on Monday.

In this Black History Month special, Antiques Roadshow Celebrating Black Americana appraisal highlights include a 1821 citizenship certificate for a free man of color and more at 8 pm on Monday.

Join New York Times reporter Nicholas Kristof, Mia Farrow and Ronan Farrow as they meet activists fighting for women’s rights in Kenya on part three of A Path Appears at 9 pm on Monday.

Independent Lens All of Me: A Story of Love, Loss and Last Resorts tells the story of the “Girls,” a group of morbidly obese women who have been friends for years. But having weight-loss surgery is about to upset everything they thought they knew about health, happiness, friendship and love. Independent Lens airs at 10:30 pm on Monday, and again at 9 pm on Thursday.

At St. Louis’ historic Union Station, a team of genealogists uncovers fascinating family stories from Missouri on Genealogy Roadshow St. Louis at 7 pm on Tuesday.

Tuberculosis is the deadliest killer in human history, responsible for one in four deaths for almost two centuries. Forgotten Plague: American Experience investigates the impact of TB at 8 pm on Tuesday.

Frontline Being Mortal teams up with writer and surgeon Atul Gawande to examine how doctors care for terminally ill patients at 9 pm on Tuesday.

The Space Shuttle: Flying for Me highlights memorable shuttle missions such as the return of Senator John Glenn to space and the construction of the International Space Station. Airs Tuesday at 10 pm.

Nature at 7 pm on Wednesday explores unlikely cross-species relationships the potential animal emotions that make them possible.

Archaeologists and engineers team up to recreate mechanisms from one of ancient history’s most recognizable — and gruesome — stadiums. NOVA Colosseum – Roman Death Trap airs Wednesday at 8 pm.

Journey deep into the great forests of Earth for a new way of looking at these wild places and the animals that live there on Earth A New Wild Forests at 9 pm on Wednesday.

Superstar rockers Foo Fighters return to the Austin City Limits stage at 10 pm Wednesday and 10 pm Friday.

Award-winning author Ian McEwan appears on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm on Thursday.

Blue Lapis Light transforms urban environments into works of art with their aerial routines. Arts In Context Here and Beyond profiles the dance company at 7:30 pm on Thursday.

Chet pays a visit to Houston and Baytown on back-to-back episodes of Daytripper at 8 pm on Thursday.

Kim Cattrall looks for the truth behind Shakespeare’s “Middle-Aged” love story on Shakespeare Uncovered Anthony and Cleopatra at 8 pm on Friday. At 9 pm, Joseph Fiennes examines re-imagines of Romeo and Juliet to understand why the love story remains the most adapted and performed of all of Shakespeare’s works.

Grow up with vines to screen, shade, and attract wildlife on Central Texas Gardener at noon on Saturday.

Austin City Limits 2014 Hall of Fame Special Saturday at 7 pm.

Science Night Feb. 11

Nature takes a look at some of the animal kingdom’s most unlikely friendships, NOVA recreates the ancient techniques of the Roman Colosseum and Earth A New Wild ventures deep into the world’s forests for the Feb. 11 Science Night.

Nature Odd Animal Couples at 7 p.m.

A tiger cub with no mother in sight. A baby hippo. An abandoned meerkat pup. Without nurturing, these infants face certain death. Enter stories of the most unlikely cross-species relationships imaginable: a chimp bottle-feeding a tiger cub; a giant tortoise snuggling a baby hippo; a black crow parenting a meerkat. Aberrations of nature? Instincts gone awry? Does this kind of bonding form only when animals are removed from their natural environments? Or are they evidence of a broad array of emotions among animals? This film will look at these remarkable relationships firsthand, and through caregivers, biologists and animal behaviorists, explore what they suggest about the nature of animal emotions.

NOVA Colosseum — Roman Death Trap at 8 p.m.

The Colosseum is a monument to Roman imperial power and cruelty. Its graceful lines and harmonious proportions concealed a highly efficient design and advanced construction methods that made hundreds of arches out of 100,000 tons of stone. In its elliptical arena, tens of thousands of gladiators, slaves, prisoners and wild animals met their deaths. Ancient texts report lions and elephants emerging from beneath the floor, as if by magic, to ravage gladiators and people condemned to death. Then, just as quickly, the Colosseum could be flooded with so much water that ships could engage in sea battles. Could these legends be true? Now, with access to one of the world’s most protected world heritage sites, archaeologists and engineers team up to re-create ancient Roman techniques to build a 25-foot lifting machine and trap-door system capable of releasing a wolf into the Colosseum’s arena for the first time in 1,500 years.

Earth A New Wild Forests at 9 p.m.

Journey deep into the great forests of Earth for a new way of looking at these wild places and the animals that live there. Sanjayan travels into an uncharted area of the Amazon that scientists believe is the most bio-diverse place on Earth. From there he follows unique animal behavior in Alaska’s Great Bear Rainforest and then meets the farmers in Portugal’s cork forests. Frightening elephant battles are exploding on the edge of the forest in Sumatra; in the Amazon, ancient remains are helping change our perception of how to value the world’s great forests.

In the Studio: Gwynne tapes Overheard 2/10

Overheard taping announcement

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with S. C. Gwynne! DATE: February 10
TIME: 10:30am (Doors open at 10 am) 

LOCATION: KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). 
RSVP: The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP NOW 

S. C. Gwynne is a best-selling author and journalist, whose most recent book Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson is a finalist for the 2014 National Book Critics Circle Award. His 2010 book, Empire of the Summer Moon, was a New York Times best-seller and a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. It won the Texas Book Award and the Oklahoma Book Award. His other titles are Selling Money andOutlaw Bank. For the last 14 years Gwynne has written for Texas Monthly magazine.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith continues a fifth season of interviews featuring engaging conversations with fascinating people. The show airs on PBS stations nationally and presents a wide range of thoughtmakers and tastemakers from the fields of politics, journalism, business, arts, sports and more. Please join us and be part of the studio audience at this taping with S.C. Gwynne. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at klru.org/overheard.