Sixth Annual PBS Online Film Festival Features Two Independent Films from KLRU

Today, PBS announced the 25 films that will be part of the sixth annual, Webby Award-nominated PBS Online Film Festival on July 17-28, 2017. Austin filmmakers Lauren Kinsler and Jay Hubert are among those featured in this year’s Festival. Beginning July 17, the festival will be available via PBS and station digital platforms, including PBS.org, YouTube and PBS social media channels. The films will also be available via the PBS app on iOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku and FireTV devices.Viewers are encouraged to watch, vote and share their favorite film by going to pbs.org/filmfestival. The film with most votes will receive the “Most Popular” award. Additionally, for the first time ever, a distinguished panel of eight jury members will select their favorite film of the festival for the “Juried Prize”. For updates on the festival, follow #PBSFilmFest on Twitter.

Lauren Kinsler’s U R a Dial Tone
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Sylvia loves her job as a sign language interpreter, where she makes phone calls for deaf people. Sure, sometimes she gets too emotionally involved and a computer glitch sucks her into her callers’ lives, but who doesn’t break the rules every now and then? When Sylvia’s company starts monitoring her every word, she has to figure out how to hold back, or risk losing everything.

Jay Hubert’s The Secession
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Tyler and Andre are two 12-year-old Texas boys who get inspired one night by a drunken rant of Tyler’s father against immigrants and Obama. Armed with only their bikes and their BB guns, they set out early the next morning to ride to the capitol and secede from the Union, but their plans soon get derailed when they run into their Chinese classmate Jenny.

Decibel: Capitol Coffee Talk feat. Girls Girls Girls!

Get a preview of the Texas Legislature’s upcoming Special Sessions with hits like “One More Day of Summer Vacation,” “Kleenex: One Box Per Child,” “That Sounds Like A Song,” and more!

Musical improv troupe Girls, Girls, Girls joined KLRU’s Judy Maggio and KUT’s Ben Philpott for this special (session) coffee talk. Watch the video below:

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Science Night July 19th

Watch nature filmmakers at work, follow the caribou’s harrowing migration and see the first sparks of life on earth on this week’s Science Night!

Follow the adventures of the filmmakers behind Big Pacific at 7 pm Wednesday. This “making of” special explores the highlights and challenges of wildlife filmmaking.

Join 100,000 caribou who face hungry bears and wolves, deadly frozen rivers and rugged mountains as they undertake the world’s longest land migration on Nature’s Great Race at 8 pm Wednesday.

From the first sparks of life to the survival of the fittest, unearth the secret relationship between rocks and life. Nova at 9 pm Wednesday goes around the world and back in time to investigate how minerals are vital to the origins and evolution of life.

Highlights July 16-22

KLRU Highlights

Find out if Tillie can stop the captain and Rose from making a terrible mistake on My Mother And Other Strangers On Masterpiece at 7pm Sunday.

Geordie, Leonard and Sidney are forced to face the difficult truths in their lives on Grantchester Season 3 On Masterpiece at 8 pm Sunday.

NEW SERIES: On episode one of Remember Me at 9 pm Sunday, learn what happens after Tom (Michael Palin) enters assisted living and a social worker falls to her death.

View the extraordinary true story of Princess Shaw, an aspiring musician down on her luck, who inspired internationally famous YouTube artist Kutiman to create a magical collaboration that would bring her music to a whole new audience on POV Presenting Princess Shaw at 9 pm Monday.

Join Geoffrey Baer as he travels to Havana on Weekend In Havana at 7 pm Tuesday.

Rare – Creatures Of The Photo Ark at 8 pm Tuesday features photographer Joel Sartore as he travels to Madagascar and the Florida Keys on his mission to photograph beautiful and endangered animals for the Photo Ark.

Frontline at 9 pm Tuesday follows former prisoners through the challenges of their first year on parole.

Follow the adventures of the filmmakers behind Big Pacific at 7 pm Wednesday. This “making of” special explores the highlights and challenges of wildlife filmmaking.

Join 100,000 caribou who face hungry bears and wolves, deadly frozen rivers and rugged mountains as they undertake the world’s longest land migration on Nature’s Great Race at 8 pm Wednesday.

From the first sparks of life to the survival of the fittest, unearth the secret relationship between rocks and life. Nova at 9 pm Wednesday goes around the world and back in time to investigate how minerals are vital to the origins and evolution of life.

Thrill to an hour of soul and gospel on Austin City Limits at 10 pm Wednesday and 10:30 pm Friday. Grammy-winning legend CeCe Winans sings new songs and classics from her catalog, while breakout sensations St. Paul & the Broken Bones support their acclaimed album Sea of Noise.

Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday features Katharine Hayhoe, an atmospheric scientist who studies climate change.

The Art of Architecture: Houston at 7:30 pm Thursday takes viewers on a journey through the extraordinary history, art and architecture of the stunning skyline.

Chet visits Boerne and Marble Falls in back-to-back episodes of The Daytripper starting at 8 pm Thursday.

Trail Elise as she uncovers some disturbing facts about a passenger, while Karl makes a major breakthrough on Tunnel: Sabotage back-to-back episodes starting at 9 pm Thursday.

Learn why sweet challenges mean a bitter end for one baker as the six battle for a spot in the quarter final on Great British Baking Show at 8 pm Friday.

Join host Samuel L. Jackson for an all-star tribute to singer and songwriter Smokey Robinson, the 2016 recipient of the Gershwin Prize, with a special appearance by Berry Gordy, founder of Motown at 9 pm Friday.

Join Jenny Peterson on her healing cancer journey and how an old basketball court scored gardens at Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Great American singer/songwriters Ryan Adams and Jenny Lewis return to the Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.

British drama night on features Father BrownDoctor BlakePlace to Call Home and Tunnel: Sabotage back-to-back starting at 8 pm.

 

 

Happy National Summer Learning Day!

National Summer Learning Day highlights the importance of keeping kids learning during the summer so that they can return to school in the fall ready to succeed in the year!

This year, our partner Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area teamed up with KLRU to offer an exciting day of learning with PBS KIDS resources.

Kids were shown an episode of a PBS KIDS show called Design Squad in which two groups of teens compete against each other to build the best zip line thrill ride using the materials and tools provided.  The Walnut Creek club members were so excited to find out that they themselves had to complete a similar hands-on challenge. They were given rope, ping pong balls, marbles, rubber bands, construction paper, pipe cleaners, and masking tape.  They were instructed to work in small groups to plan the design of a carrier for the ping pong ball that would carry it safely from one end of a zip line to the other.
As soon as they were given the go ahead, you could hear the kids excitedly sharing their ideas and vision with each other, asking each other questions, problem solving together, and drawing out a plan.  Working together has its challenges and this was no exception, you could hear groups having to deal with conflicting ideas and compromising to reach a unified solution. Once they had solidified their plan, they began building collaboratively and testing out the design. You could hear groans when it didn’t work and the teams had to modify their designs and try again. You could hear another team cheering at the other side of the room when they had a breakthrough and it actually worked. You could feel the energy, see tons of smiles and hear the laughter coming from all sides of the room. It was pretty obvious that the kids were having fun while learning.

After completing the challenge, the kids gathered for a read-out-loud of the book, Rosie Revere Engineer by Andrea Beaty.  The book encourages kids to persevere. On their way out, the kids were given a PBS summer activity booklet and a frisbee with the Klru.org/stem link printed on it. As they were exiting, I asked a little girl what she had learned. She said, “not to give up and if I keep trying, I’ll learn new things along the way and I will get better.”

Rather than keeping the fun limited to one day, BGCAA STEM director, Erica Egan, turned it up a notch by making it a week of fun. On Monday, 15 elementary-aged kids from the Bastrop Boys & Girls Clubs participated. On Wednesday, fifteen 1st and 2nd graders from Walnut Creek site joined in the fun. Tomorrow, Friday, the EAST site club members will get their turn to play while learning.  #KeepKidsLearning.

 

Decibel: Do cars get hot enough to bake cookies?

If you’ve ever gotten into your car after it’s been sitting out on a hot and sunny Central Texas day, you know it can feel like an oven in there. But, does it get hot enough for you to bake cookies in there? KLRU’s Decibel went out and put it to the test.

Watch the video below and let us know in the comments whether you’d give car cookies a try.

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Science Night July 12th

See how the quest to multiply has spawned a stunning array of unusual behaviors and adaptations on Big Pacific at 7 pm Wednesday. View forest penguins with a tenuous marriage and the secret rendezvous of great white sharks, and hear the tale of male pregnancy.

Follow the annual gathering of a thousand elephants in northern Kenya on Nature’s Great Race at 8 pm Wednesday. From magnificent bulls to vulnerable orphans, they face deadly threats from both predators and poachers.

On NOVA Mystery of Easter Island at 9 pm Wednesday a team of scientists and volunteers test a theory on how the ancient stone statues were moved, using a 15-ton replica.

Highlights July 9 to 15

KLRU Highlights

Learn Capt. Dreyfuss’ plan to thwart advances from Rose’s sister, Vera, on My Mother And Other Strangers On Masterpiece at 7 pm Sunday.

Sidney and Geordie must determine the connection between a murder and a number of post office robberies on Grantchester Season 3 On Masterpiece at 8 pm Sunday.

Jane is faced with several harsh realities in both her professional and personal life on Prime Suspect: Tennison On Masterpiece at 9 pm Sunday.

After five years of war in Syria, the remaining citizens of Aleppo are readying themselves for a siege on POV Last Men In Aleppo at 9 pm Monday.

Journey back in time to see the splendor of the last Chinese dynasty, the Qing, on Story Of China at 7 pm Tuesday.

As Europe reels from a terror onslaught, top security officials describe their struggle to contain the unprecedented threat revealed by attacks in France and Belgium on Frontline at 9 pm Tuesday.

See how the quest to multiply has spawned a stunning array of unusual behaviors and adaptations on Big Pacific at 7 pm Wednesday.

Follow the annual gathering of a thousand elephants in northern Kenya on Nature’s Great Race at 8 pm Wednesday.

On NOVA Mystery of Easter Island at 9 pm Wednesday a team of scientists and volunteers test a theory on how the ancient stone statues were moved, using a 15-ton replica.

Austin City Limits at 10 pm Wednesday and 10:30 Friday presents pop legend Cyndi Lauper with a a program of classics and country covers. Songs include “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, ” “True Colors” and “End of the World.”

Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday features Gary Kelly, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Southwest Airlines.

Asia Society Texas Center: Building Bridges at 7:30 pm Thursday explores how famed Japanese architect Yoshio Taniguchi’s landmark building came to fruition in Houston’s Museum District.

Chet visits Conroe and Athens in back-to-back episodes of The Daytripper at 8 pm Thursday.

Season 2 of Tunnel begins this week! Join Elise and Karl as they investigate the abduction of a French couple from the Eurotunnel, leaving behind their traumatized daughter on Tunnel: Sabotage. Two episodes back-to-back starting at 9 pm Thursday.

Monitor the remaining seven as they strive to give their bakes maximum botanical taste on Great British Baking Show at 8 pm Friday.

Enjoy an all-star tribute to singer and songwriter Willie Nelson, the 2015 recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, Friday at 9 pm.

Turn tiny containers into big ideas and salvages into clever garden design on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Thrill to an hour of soul and gospel. Grammy-winning legend CeCe Winans sings new songs and classics from her catalog, while breakout sensations St. Paul & the Broken Bones support their acclaimed album Sea of Noise on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.

British drama night on features Father BrownDoctor BlakePlace to Call Home and Midsomer Murders back-to-back starting at 8 pm Saturday.