Highlights July 19 to July 25

KLRU Highlights

On Last Tango in Halifax at 7 pm on Sunday, Caroline is overwhelmed at the prospect of looking after baby Flora, until a stranger walks into her life and may be the answer to her prayers.

Poldark and Demelza start a family on Poldark on Masterpiece Part Five at 8 pm on Sunday. Meanwhile, Demelza plays matchmaker, the miners riot and Francis takes desperate measures to recoup his losses.

Grace is threatened by an aggressively rude and war-scarred commander, while Joan waits anxiously for news from her fiance on Crimson Field Episode Five at 9 pm on Sunday. Then, a series of events draws Joan into danger, risking her profession and possibly her life.

POV Return to Homs at 9 pm on Monday brings you the transformation of 19-year-old Basset Saroot from star goalkeeper for the Syrian national soccer team to peaceful advocate for reforms to armed insurgent. Get an inside look at the brutal war Assad’s regime has waged, a conflict that many accuse the world of overlooking.

Presenting clips from and info about the films you loved or that slipped under your radar this past year, SXSW Flashback 2015 at 10 pm on Monday and 10:30 pm on Friday features interviews with the creative forces behind various SXSW hits.

Frontline Drug Lord: The Legend of Shorty at 9 pm on Tuesday is a feature documentary about two filmmakers who set out to interview El Chapo Guzman, leader of one of the biggest drug cartels in history. Before his capture in 2014, he had been on the run from the U.S. and Mexican governments for over a decade.

Featuring cutting-edge science on gambling addiction, Growing Up Gambling at 10:30 pm on Tuesday takes viewers inside the brain of an online gamer and online gambler, telling the story of a student’s downward spiral into addictive online sports betting.

From the perspective of space, trace humankind’s journey from hunter-gatherer to dominant global species. With mind-boggling data and CGI, Humanity From Space on Tuesday at 7 pm shows how we’ve transformed our planet and produced a world of extraordinary complexity.

Life on the Reef Episode One at 7 pm on Wednesday allows you to view the reef as tourists enjoy the perfect weather, humpback whales give birth and fire destroys a luxury yacht. On the most protected island in Australia, 20,000 green sea turtles return to the biggest reptilian breeding colony on Earth.

Find out the answer to the question, “Can new technology prevent aircraft like Flight MH370 from disappearing without a trace?” during NOVA Why Planes Vanish at 8 pm on Wednesday.Then, at 9 pm on Wednesday, a team of 500 engineers and divers struggle to raise the Costa Concordia cruise ship on NOVA Sunken Ship Rescue.

Queens of the Stone Age performs rock anthems from its latest LP … Like Clockwork on Austin City Limits at 10 pm on Wednesday and 9:30 pm on Friday. On Saturday at 7 pm, ACL showcases acoustic music with Sarah Jarosz and The Milk Carton Kids. Multi-instrumentalist Jarosz highlights her album Build Me Up From Bones while the Milk Carton Kids play folk songs from their LP The Ash & Clay.

Arts in Context Somos Krudas at 7:30 pm on Wednesday highlights Cuban hip-hop duo Krudas Cubensi. Lyrically, nothing is off limits as they spit lines about politics and sexuality with a frankness that is seldom seen. With an Afro-Cuban rhythm, Odaymara Cuesta and Olivia Prendes use their art as a weapon “to fight against oppression, for justice, for balance, for our rights, to celebrate the life.”

Aaron sends out a little leftover brisket to some chefs around Austin to see how they are inspired by brisket on BBQ with Franklin Leftovers at 8 pm on Thursday. We end with a taste test that turns into a party.

In a triple header, Chet heads to Round Rock, Texas, the “Sports Capital of Texas,” on The Daytripper at 8:30 pm on Thursday. He eats a Texas-sized donut, takes a beekeeping class from Round Rock Honey, and then explores the history of town on Hairy Man Road and Main Street, where outlaw Sam Bass faced his final shootout. At 9 pm, Chet explores the “Painted Churches of Texas” and dives into the German and Czech history of Central Texas in Schulenburg, Texas. At 9:30 pm, Chet explores the history of Aquarena Springs tubes with the college students from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas.

On Friday at 8 pm, Great Performances Dudamel Conducts a John Williams Celebration brings you the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s gala celebration of Williams’ peerless achievements as it reunites Williams with violinist Itzhak Perlman. The performance features noted Williams compositions, including themes from Schindler’s List.

See how to transition from tomatoes to lettuce on Central Texas Gardener Summer to Fall Vegetables at 12 pm on Saturday. On tour, meet incredible succulents and cacti.

Science Night July 22

On this week’s Science Night, we explore life in the air and the sea. Life on the Reef brings you to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, and NOVA highlights engineers and divers’ attempt to raise a sunken ship near Italy. In the air, NOVA searches for ways to prevent vanishing planes.

Life on the Reef at 7 pm
On the first episode, view the reef as tourists enjoy the perfect weather, humpback whales give birth and fire destroys a luxury yacht. On the most protected island in Australia, 20,000 green sea turtles return to the biggest reptilian breeding colony on Earth.

NOVA Why Planes Vanish at 8 pm
Can new technology prevent aircraft like Flight MH370 from disappearing without a trace? Please be advised that The Boeing Company is a funder of the NOVA series. Please note, however, that no funds from Boeing were applied to this specific episode.

NOVA Sunken Ship Rescue at 9 pm
A team of 500 engineers and divers struggle to raise the Costa Concordia cruise ship.

American Graduate: Summer Program Keeps Refugee Children Fed and Ready to Learn

Food banks serve about 3.5 million Texans each year. One of the most effective ways to make sure children are fed is through school breakfast and lunch programs, which are free or reduced-price for about two-thirds of Texas school children. But, when schools lets out for the summer, those children need to be fed in other ways.

“At our food banks we always see an increase in requests for emergency food from families with children during the summer months,” said Celia Cole, CEO of Feeding Texas, an association which represents the state’s 21 food banks. “It’s hard to quantify; some kids are eating at home, some kids may be in camp, but we know from the sheer numbers that are relying on that important school meal during the day, that when summer hits a lot of those kids may go hungry.”

One organization running a summer lunch program is iACT, or Interfaith Action of Central Texas. iACT works with refugees to teach them English and train them how to assimilate to life in the U.S. They also run a summer program for refugee children, which provides food and English lessons taught by volunteer teachers.

When refugees arrive in Austin they receive 3 months rent, utilities, food stamps, and Medicaid for about 8 months.

“These are people with very few resources,” Program Director Lubna Zeidan says. “They are the working poor. The children, there’s not a lot of food at home. There’s some food because they know how to make ends meet. They know how to be frugal, but again, the children’s nutrition is probably suffering in some families.”

Many of the families iACT works with are Muslim, so they work with the food bank to provide halal meats and meals without pork products. Zeidan says one of the biggest challenges is overcoming differences in the way the families are used to eating.

“It’s important that they have american food,” she says. “One of the things is the kids won’t drink the milk. Because milk is a very American drink. So we find that nobody drinks the milk. Except for the chocolate milk because you have the angle of it being chocolate.”

She says many of the parents find American supermarkets foreign and overwhelming. Her clients find vegetables and fruits they’ve never eaten and with very limited money they often resort of eating only rice and beans, which can lead to malnutrition.

Malnutrition can severely impact a young person’s development and ability to learn in the classroom.

“It can mean more absences, more difficulty concentrating, lower test scores, health, all sorts of problems that can affect a kid’s growing and health and development, particularly in those younger years,” Cole of Feeding Texas says. “So we don’t want to see kids missing a meal because their parents can’t afford to feed them under any circumstances. It’s having consequences that aren’t only hurting that kid, or that family, or that community, or that school, but have serious cost to the whole state of Texas.”

Feeding Texas keeps track of how many children are accessing free or reduced-price lunch versus the amount who are being fed by summer programs and have found only 1 in 10 kids are being reached when school is out. So they are working on pilot programs to bring food to where children are, rather than relying on busy parents to drop their child off at a food bank, camp, or nonprofit location.

“You’ll often hear, ‘hunger is a health problem’ and ‘hunger is a pocketbook issue,’” Cole says. “And it’s true, the costs associated with food insecurity are just enormous for the state. So we have every reason to invest in strategies and programs during the summer months that make sure that kids go back to school ready to learn and healthy in the fall.”

This story airs on KLRU on Sunday, July 12, 2015 at 6:30pm during PBS NewsHour Weekend. It’s part of KLRU’s American Graduate initiative which is aimed at increasing awareness about 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. 

 

KLRU News Brief: Local Millennials Fighting Against Racial Injustice

This story was written by KLRU and PBS NewsHour intern Kennedy Huff. Kennedy is an alumna of the PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs program. 

Chants of “Black Lives Matter,” and “No justice, No peace,” are filling the streets of cities across the country. Social activists have called for change in the way police officers interact with minority communities.  In Austin, some young adults are at the frontlines of these protests.

“I’ve participated in a number of protests following the Michael Brown decision,” student activist Aderius Ross said. “I’ve linked up with a couple of organizations here in the community and just networking with people in Austin who are committed to the same causes as I am.”

There have only been a handful of cases where officers shot and killed unarmed civilians in Austin. In the summer of 2013, former APD Detective Charles Kleinart shot unarmed Larry Jackson Jr., a black man, after he tried entering a local bank that was previously robbed. Kleinart questioned Jackson as he tried to get into the bank which led to a foot chase, physical struggle, and eventually resulted in Kleinart shooting Jackson in the back of the neck.

Incidents like this highlight the divide between law enforcement and the community they serve. These young crusaders feel the best way to bridge the gap is for officers to forge relationships with community members.

“It’s getting rid of the us vs them mentality, I think. Door-to-door maybe,” Ross said. “Saying ‘Hey, I’ll be patrolling this community. I want to become a familiar face,’ rather than just ‘Me, I’m in an authoritative position, you’re just a civilian,’ be more friendly, be more interactive, creating actual communities.”

Recent high school graduate and activist Alexa Spencer believes it also falls on the community to not cast all officers in a negative light.

“I think it all begins with intentions. There are police officers [who] have good hearts,” Spencer said. “Don’t make an assumption that a police officer is automatically a bad person because that’s not always true.”

Community member expresses grievances to APD Police Chief Art Acevedo. Following the shootings at the Emmanuel African Methodist Espiscopal Church in Charelston, SC a local church held a town hall meeting to address race relations in Austin. Photo Credits: Kennedy Huff

Community member expresses grievances to APD Police Chief Art Acevedo. Following the shootings at the Emmanuel African Methodist Espiscopal Church in Charelston, SC a local church held a town hall meeting to address race relations in Austin.
Photo Credits: Kennedy Huff

The Austin Police Department is working to remedy the distrust between both groups. In 2003, the Cultural Immersion Program was enacted to help officers familiarize themselves with the communities they patrol.

“We try to work with Travis County as well and with other city departments to try and bridge that gap between the community and police,” African-American Outreach Liaison Sharon Cannon said. “We have a lot of town hall meetings, and we invite the community to come so they can actually talk with the officers to air out their complaints.”

 

If you ask Alexa Spencer, love is the true cure for what seems like a constant cycle of violence.

“Stand for love, walk with love, move with love, don’t judge,” Spencer said. “Tackle hate right now. That’s what we need to focus on.”

This story airs on KLRU Saturday, July 11, 2015 at 6:30pm during PBS NewsHour Weekend.

What’s happening this weekend: July 10-12

TGIF! Another beautiful weekend in Austin, Texas. Here are our recommendations for how to spend it!

Free, local, live music at the Bob Bullock Museum

It wouldn’t be a weekend in Austin without your favorite local bands playing somewhere really cool for absolutely no charge. Catch Brownout and Sweet Spirit Friday night at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum as part of the “Music Under The Star” series, presented by the museum and Fun Fun Fun Fest.

Before you go, check out Brownout’s 2010 performance of “Nawlins” on Satellite Sets.

Admission: Free. Hours: Sweet Spirit will open at 6 p.m., followed by Brownout. Click here for details.

Second Saturdays at Laguna Gloria

Every second Saturday of the month, The Contemporary Austin offers hands-on art-making workshops at Laguna Gloria, inspired by the exhibitions on view. This Saturday’s theme is pinhole cameras, based on John Grade’s sculpture hanging from the trees, framing a view of the sky. Drop in and see family-friendly performances, meet local artists, make your own pinhole camera, then see how an entire room can be transformed into a giant pinhole camera! Recommended for ages 2-11. Before you go, watch this episode of Arts In Context Shorts about these relaxing experiences in a beautiful sculpture garden and the opportunity to learn about how nature influences art.

Admission: $10 per family, $5 per member family. Hours: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Get additional details and RSVP here.

Re-watch Jaws in probably the scariest possible way

The Alamo Drafthouse is hosting a screening of “Jaws” on Saturday, but this isn’t your average screening. Moviegoers will be floating on inner tubes in the water at the Texas Ski Ranch while the movie plays on a screen nearby. So, if you’re feeling brave…rent a floaty and pack your swimsuit. And probably bring a friend who isn’t a practical joker and won’t grab your feet under the water.

“Jaws” isn’t exactly the most factually accurate shark movie — so brush up on your shark facts here before you go, or catch up on NOVA’s “Why Sharks Attack” documentary below.

Admission: $30 for movie ticket and inner tube rental. Hours: Movie starts at 8:30 p.m. Details here.

SXSW Flashback showcases international acts

How does Austin interact with the world, and how does the world interact with us?

That’s the question the SXSW Flashback crew is trying to answer with this year’s program, airing at 9 p.m. Thursday, July 16 (additional airdates). In its fifth year, SXSW Flashback 2015 is themed around the international portion of South by Southwest — from UK rockers Wolf Alice to the phenomenon that is Korean pop music.

“This year we’re doing it a little different, because we went with a theme, which was international,” said JJ Weber, executive producer of SXSW Flashback. “How do we interact with the world, and how does the world interact with us? And why are they coming to this festival? It’s insane how many people come.”

Weber and his SXSW Flashback crew have seen the annual festival grow tremendously in the last five years. Two years before SXSW Flashback began, Weber was doing SXSW coverage for another KLRU program called Docubloggers. That’s where he and another crew member got the idea for the new program, he said.

“I call it, ‘All the best bits,’” said Galia Farber, KLRU’s production & operations manager who works as a producer on SXSW Flashback. “It is insane. I kind of try to start looking at what’s announced and coming, and we chat about stuff, but initially a lot of it is also just reaching out, throwing darts and seeing what sticks, but also we have to try to just stay in the moment and say, ‘Alright, we think we’re going to to this,’ and something kind of serendipitous happens. We’ll be interviewing someone, and someone will suggest something, or you’ll randomly stumble upon a party, something that fits in with another interview. Some of it lands in your lap, almost randomly.”

JJ Weber (executive producer), Galia Farber (producer), Colleen Nelson (associate producer) Taylor Kondelis (producer, not pictured)

JJ Weber (executive producer), Galia Farber (producer), Colleen Nelson (associate producer)
Taylor Kondelis (producer, not pictured)

It takes months for the program to come together — from tracking down rumors of celebrity keynotes months before the festival to the post-production process, which is part of the reason the show is a “flashback” that airs four to six months after the festival, Weber said. Another reason is that it can sometimes take a while for the bands, films and technology introduced at the festival to filter out to a larger audience.

“So much of the stuff that’s at the festival, like films, they come out months later,” Weber said. “Bands release their CDs later or they get found at the festival and they’re not popular at first. The tech companies release a product, and the general public won’t have even touched it until months later. So sometimes, it’s almost better to see the show after, to say, ‘Oh my gosh, I saw that at the festival,’ or, ‘That was here? Those people were here? I can’t believe they did that.’”

One of the biggest challenges, Weber and Farber said, was passing up well-known celebrities or some of the larger, hyped-up parts of the festival because they didn’t fit into the theme.

“This year was definitely very intentionally done. There are things we would not do because it was not international,” Farber said.

“The hardest part is when you’re handed things on a silver platter, and you don’t want them. It’s like, ‘Are we making a large mistake, or is this going to work fine?’ And the viewers can tell us about that,” Weber said.

That’s not to say there aren’t big celebrities in this year’s program — Ryan Gosling, after all, is Canadian.

“I just hope from this episode that viewers might see something they would never have seen otherwise, and get into some random world music or look into film that they never would have watched,” Weber said.

Watch SXSW Flashback at 9 p.m. Thursday, July 16 on KLRU.

Arts In Context Shorts: Riding the Line

This week, Arts in Context Shorts takes you up handrails and down half-pipes to explore skateboarding culture in a new light.

Torque and Axis, an exciting new exhibit by artist Jared Steffensen, showcases the materials, shapes and movements generated by skateboarders as they travel through urban landscapes in innovative ways. Using bright colors, fluid lines and repurposed materials, the exhibit emphasizes the contemplative and imaginative aspects of skateboarding. Many of the exhibit’s sculptures highlight the beauty of skateboarding equipment while a film installation explores the perseverance skateboarders employ in their practice.

Presented by the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Texas, Torque and Axis pulls skateboarding into the art world with fascinating results.

Q Night at the Movies 7/11

KLRU Q - Night at the Movies

On this week’s Q Night at the Movies, after an all-new On Story, All-Star Film Collection brings you Kramer Vs. Kramer. Then, we take it back to film basics, with Film School Shorts and a triple-header of Ain’t It Cool with Harry Knowles. Finally, Smokey Robinson and The Miracles: The Definitive Performances present the band’s greatest TV moments.

On Story Justified: Inside the Writers’ Room at 7:30 pm
Writers from the hit show Justified discuss adapting Elmore Leonard’s short story for television and the evolution of the show’s tone, rhythm, and setting.

All-Star Film Collection Kramer Vs. Kramer at 8 pm
A New York adman (Dustin Hoffman) fights for custody of his son (Justin Henry) after his wife (Meryl Streep) walks out.

Film School Shorts Separation Anxiety at 9:46 pm

  • Owl and Mouse – In this wry tale that celebrates the art of stop-motion animation, a curmudgeonly owl must fight his nature when he has to watch over a young mouse for a night.
  • So You’ve Grown Attached – An imaginary friend is forced to consider retirement when his creator – and best friend – starts to grow up.
  • Steadfast Stanley – A faithful dog must journey through the zombie apocalypse to save his best friend.
  • Fluffy the Flying Fish – When they move from Los Angeles to Denver, a family has to decide how to transport their pet goldfish, Fluffy.

Ain’t It Cool With Harry Knowles Leonard Maltin at 10:15 pm
Film Critic/Historian Leonard Maltin and Harry fully explore nearly a century of animation in cinema. After Maltin arrives in the magical basement via animator’s Max Fliesher’s hand, they discuss their childhood joy and love for a medium that still clearly inspires both of them.

Ain’t It Cool with Harry Knowles Beau Willimon / House of Cards Part 1 and Part 2 at 10:42 pm and 11:09 pm
On this first of a two part special with House of Cards Creator Beau Willimon, Harry explores the cinematic world of politics. Beau and Harry discuss its filmic evolution from Citizen Kane all the way to the world of digital streaming on Netflix. In the second half, Beau offers Harry and viewers insight into the rest of the A-List Hollywood players behind the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning show like David Fincher, Joel Schumacher and Jodie Foster.

Smokey Robinson and The Miracles: The Definitive Performances at 11:36 pm
This segment presents three decades worth of classic archival television appearances by one of the most successful singing groups of all-time. Interviews with Smokey Robinson and original Miracles Pete Moore and Bobby Rogers add valuable insight on the history of the group, Motown, and their incredible songs.

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 July 12 to July 18

KLRU Highlights

On Last Tango in Halifax at 7 pm on Sunday, Celia builds bridges with Alan and accepts Gary into her life, despite her initial reservations. Although relations with Caroline are still fraught, Celia doesn’t hesitate to stand by her side when she receives some devastating news.

The community awaits news of the fish harvest, and Poldark’s copper mine struggles on Poldark on Masterpiece Part Four at 8 pm on Sunday. Meanwhile, Demelza must get used to a new way of life.

The arrival of soldiers from her home town lifts Joan’s spirits, but she finds herself in trouble on Crimson Field Episode Four at 9 pm on Sunday. Thomas seizes his opportunity to pursue Kitty. Meanwhile, the return of an old patient causes ripples, calling everyone’s loyalties into question.

On POV Web Junkie at 9 pm on Monday, follow the treatment of three Chinese teenagers, obsessive gamers who prefer the virtual world to the real one. The military-style rehab program may set a standard as the world comes to grips with the consequences of excessive internet use. After, at 10 pm on Monday, in today’s China, an old city destroyed by a devastating earthquake can be rebuilt in an astoundingly quick two years. But, as POV Fallen City reveals, the journey from the ruined old city of Beichuan to the new Beichuan nearby is long and heartbreaking for the survivors.

The battle between pro-slavery and free-soil contingents rises to fever pitch on Abolitionists The Abolitionists, Part Three at 7 pm on Tuesday. During his raid on Harpers Ferry, John Brown is captured, then executed, becoming a martyr for the cause. Abraham Lincoln is elected president in 1860. Southern states secede, war breaks out and the conflict unexpectedly drags on.

On Blackout: The American Experience at 8 pm on Tuesday, look back at what happened in New York City the night the lights went out in summer 1977, plunging seven million people into darkness. The event led to both horrifying lawlessness and acts of selflessness and generosity.

Witness extreme dentistry on a five-ton elephant and keyhole surgery on a giant tortoise on Operation Wild at 7 pm on Wednesday. Then, find out if a remarkable invention can help a dolphin swim again.

Join NOVA Chasing Pluto at 8 pm on Wednesday for New Horizon’s historic flyby of Pluto, the culmination of the spacecraft’s nine-year, three-billion-mile journey to reveal the first-ever detailed images of this strange, icy world at the very edge of our solar system.

Comets have fascinated, even terrified us for thousands of years. Traditionally seen as harbingers of doom, they can influence some people even to this day. On Comet Encounter at 9 pm on Wednesday, scientists all over the world follow a once-in-a-lifetime event and shoot breath-taking images of the sun-grazer comet, spewing its essence into the void.

Country legends Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell return to the Austin City Limits stage, playing favorites and songs from their joint LP Old Yellow Moon on Wednesday at 10 pm and on Friday at 9:30 pm. On Saturday at 7 pm, Queens of the Stone Age performs rock anthems from its latest LP … Like Clockwork.

Arts in Context In Their Words at 7:30 pm on Thursday highlights SongwritingWith:Soldiers, intensely immersive retreats offered to military veterans and active duty soldiers where they write songs about their experiences with the help of professional songwriters.

Aaron tours Texas to research and then cook some beef ribs on BBQ with Franklin Pickin’ Beef at 8 pm on Wednesday. After a butchering and anatomy class in College Station, Texas, he receives some tips from a legendary Central Texas BBQ family.

Chet heads to the home of the King Ranch – Kingsville, Texas – covering approximately 1,300 square miles of South Texas on The Daytripper at 8:30 pm on Thursday. He explores downtown Kingsville eating at an old pharmacy and soda fountain, then heads to the King Ranch for a history and birding tour of the sprawling South Texas prairie.

Presenting clips from and info about the films you loved or that slipped under your radar this past year, SXSW Flashback 2015 on Thursday at 9 pm and on Friday at 10:30 pm features interviews with the creative forces behind various SXSW hits.

In 2011, Wanda Montemayor and a team including teachers, art therapists and students from all over Austin completed a hand made 1200 square foot mosaic mural at historic Deep Eddy pool. Mosaic: The Deep Eddy Mural Project at 9:30 pm on Thursday takes us on a journey from inception through dedication and all the effort and love it took to make it happen in between.

On Friday at 8 pm, Great Performances Driving Miss Daisy brings you performances by Angela Lansbury as a well-to-do Jewish matron and James Earl Jones as her African-American chauffeur, a twosome whose unlikely friendship evolves during the tumultuous years of the Civil Rights era.

Get the latest guide for your to-do list on Central Texas Gardener Top Tips for Your Garden at noon on Saturday. Meanwhile, a library attracts new readers in a wildlife garden.

Science Night July 15

On this week’s Science Night, after Operation Wild explores revolutionary medical advances for animals, we fly up into space. NOVA journeys to Pluto to obtain detailed images of the strange planet, and the documentary Apollo Wives looks at the struggles the wives of the Apollo astronauts faced.

Operation Wild at 7 pm
On the third episode of Operation Wild, witness extreme dentistry on a five-ton elephant and keyhole surgery on a giant tortoise, and find out if a remarkable invention can help a dolphin swim again.

NOVA Chasing Pluto at 8 pm
Join NOVA for New Horizon’s historic flyby of Pluto, the culmination of the spacecraft’s nine-year, three-billion-mile journey to reveal the first-ever detailed images of this strange, icy world at the very edge of our solar system.

Apollo Wives at 9 pm
The names of the Apollo astronauts are well-known, their actions and achievements are well-documented, but what of the women they spent their lives with – the wives forced to stand in the shadow of the moon? Apollo Wives looks in detail at precisely what it meant to be an Apollo wife, what was required of them by their husbands, by NASA and by the media.