Highlights April 19-25

KLRU Highlights

Sister Winifred’s eyes are opened to Poplar’s seedy underworld when she cares for an expectant prostitute on Call The Midwife, Sunday at 7 pm.

On Season 3, Episode 4 of Mr. Selfridge: Divided public opinion keeps tensions high, with many pointing fingers at Selfridge’s. As the executives shield Kitty from anonymous hate mail, Connie whispers in the wrong ear. Sunday at 8 pm.

With the cardinal dead, it falls to Cromwell to orchestrate a marriage between the king and Anne Boleyn. The king rewards Cromwell for his loyalty, but he is being closely watched by his enemies on episode 3 of Wolf Hall, Sunday at 9 pm.

At 9 pm on Monday, The Great Invisible explores the stories behind the disastrous Deepwater Horizon oil spill, from fallout to aftermath, and its continuing effects on a region dependent on nature.

The United States National Mall, set in the heart of Washington, DC, is a place unlike any other on earth, and its history is equally fascinating. National Mall: America’s Front Yard, Tuesday at 7 pm, reveals the surprising and inspiring story of the Mall’s evolution.

What drove a company of American soldiers –ordinary young men from around the country deployed to liberate a small foreign nation from an oppressive neighbor — to dehumanize and murder more than 300 unarmed civilians? My Lai: American Experience investigates the the 1968 massacre, its subsequent cover-up, and the heroic efforts of the soldiers who broke rank to halt the atrocities. Airs Tuesday at 8 pm.

Frontline American Terrorist investigates American-born terrorist David Coleman Headley, who helped plan the deadly 2008 siege on Mumbai on Tuesday at 9 pm.

For some animals, living in the midst of huge colonies of their own kind is the most secure and rewarding housing arrangement. Nature’s Animal Cities at 7 pm on Wednesday takes a look at the communities animals form to keep themselves safe, or to have a predatory edge.

NOVA Invisible Universe Revealed at 8 pm Wednesday tells the remarkable story of the Hubble Telescope, a groundbreaking achievement that forever changed our understanding of the cosmos and our place in it.

Five times the length of Hadrian’s Wall, Hitler’s Siegfried Line was one of the greatest fortifications in the history of warfare. Nazi Mega Weapons: The Siegfried Line airs at 9 pm Wednesday.

Austin City Limits presents alternative rock with the Shins and Dr. Dog Wednesday at 10 pm, and again on Friday at 10 pm.

Overheard With Evan Smith features Salman Khan, founder of Khan Academy, a non-profit providing online instruction to people all over the world. Airs Thursday at 7 pm.

With the simple notion that music should be for everyone, Golden Hornet Project seeks to bring excitement and energy back to the world of classical music. Arts In Context, Thursday at 7:30 pm, profiles this group’s fresh take on classical music.

Chet journeys to Orange at 8 pm Thursday on The Daytripper. Then at 8:30, he heads to Baytown to visit the San Jacinto Battlefield and more.

Houston Ship Channel: Deep Water Centennial provides the rich history and remarkable determination that made the 52-mile-long Houston Ship Channel a reality 100 years ago, and how it is now a huge economic driver for the region and the United States. Airs Thursday at 9 pm.

At 8 pm Friday on America’s Ballroom Challenge, the six finalists in the American Smooth and American Rhythm divisions compete as a group, performing the five standard dances in their respective categories, with judges scoring their performances.

Now En Español at 9 pm on Friday chronicles the ups and downs of being a Latina actress in Hollywood and addresses issues of Latino identity and presentation through the lives of 5 dynamic women who dubbed “Desperate Housewives” into Spanish for American audiences.

Austin City Limits presents Jack White as he performs in support of his solo LP Blunderbuss, Saturday at 7 pm.

 

Science Night April 22

Science Night this week celebrates the 25th anniversary of one of NASA’s most beloved projects – the Hubble Space Telescope – on NOVA. Plus: the final installment of Nature’s Animal Homes, and the story of Hitler’s Seigfried Line.

Nature Animal Homes: Animal Cities at 7 pm
For some animals, living in the midst of huge colonies of their own kind is the most secure and rewarding housing arrangement. Icelandic puffins form nesting colonies of more than a million, providing shared information about food sources and reducing the odds of attacks on individual birds. But colonies are useful for predators, too. Social spiders in Ecuador work together to capture prey 20 times the size an individual might subdue on its own.

NOVA Invisible Universe Revealed at 8 pm
Twenty-five years ago, NASA launched one of the most ambitious experiments in the history of astronomy: the Hubble Space Telescope. In honor of Hubble’s landmark anniversary, NOVA tells the remarkable story of the telescope that forever changed our understanding of the cosmos and our place in it. From its inception through its early days, when a one-millimeter engineering blunder turned the telescope into an object of ridicule, to the five heroic astronaut missions that returned Hubble to the cutting edge of science, NOVA hears from the scientists and engineers on the front line who tell the amazing Hubble story as never before.

Nazi Mega Weapons: The Siegfried Line at 9 pm
Five times the length of Hadrian’s Wall, Hitler’s Siegfried Line was one of the greatest fortifications in the history of warfare. The campaign to breach it took six months and cost the American forces close to 140,000 casualties. This is the story of the men who built it and those who gave their lives fighting to defend it and destroy it.

In the Studio: Overheard tapes Marc Maron (4/24)

Overheard taping announcement

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Marc Maron on April 24 at 4:30pm in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 4pm.  The event is free but an RSVP is required. Entrance is based upon capacity. RSVP NOW

MarcMaronMarc Maron is a stand-up comedian, writer, and podcast host. He’s appeared on HBO, Conan, Letterman, and two Comedy Central Presents specials. His podcast “WTF with Marc Maron” is regularly one of the most popular on iTunes. Maron also stars in the IFC show Maron which returns to the network for a third season in May.

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.

You can watch past episodes anytime at klru.org/overheard.

American Graduate Champion: Stephanie Bonnet-Kramer

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KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

stephanie-bonnet-kramerToday’s Champion is Stephanie Bonnet-Kramer. Stephanie is the Early Childhood Program Administrator for Hays CISD. She manages the eight campus based Early Learning Centers for the children of district employees. She also provides leadership and support for the district’s Pre-K and Kinder programs. In addition to that, she serves as the liaison between the district and outside agencies such as E3 Alliance, Head Start, United Way, Agri-Life, Region XIII, and other community childcare programs. She gives guidance and support to all early childhood students, teachers, and staff. Stephanie also assists in the collaboration between home, school, and the community. Using programs such as Love and Logic for Parents and Teachers, as well as many other resources, she also provides training to teachers, paraprofessionals, principals, as well as parents in the community. The recognition letter submitted by the community said: “I feel as if Stephanie should serve as an inspiration for everyone to not only do a job, but do it well and with genuine pleasure. Her love for young children motivates her to seek out the most innovative and most effective information to teach and serve our communities youngest members. Her passion for what she does ignites in others to work as hard for betterment of the education of young children.”

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

American Graduate Champion: Bianca Neal

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KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

bianca_nealToday’s Champion is Bianca Neal. Neal is a Restorative Justice Coordinator with KIPP Connections Charter School. And she is the liaison between students, teachers, and parents. She is the glue that keeps things together and the sandpaper that smooths out the rough spot. She is an advocate for the student. Neal is a Champion because she tirelessly serves youth in her community. She has done it for a decade. She facilities conversations between students as well as students and their parents. In doing so she is able to deliver justice where it is deserved. Students appreciate this method of interaction and benefit from the conversations. Bianca went above and beyond her job responsibilities and created a speakers series at her school where she leverages her community connections and brings in distinguished and esteemed speakers and community leaders that educate and inspire the students. The recognition letter submitted by the community said: “She is such a light at her school. The students and staff love her! None of this is her responsibility…it’s her passion. She’s awesome!”

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

 

KLRU congratulates Westlake HS Teacher Natalie Cannon!

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Central Texas educators continue to garner national attention from PBS LearningMedia!

Natalie Cannon is the latest educator to be named a PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator. Natalie teaches various levels of Latin at Westlake HS in Eanes ISD, and co-sponsors The WHS Latin Club. Natalie began teaching middle school at St. Gabriel’s Catholic School before moving to Westlake High School, where she has now taught for six years. Her favorite part of her job is finding productive uses for modern technology in order to enliven an ancient language for her students.

Over the next year, Natalie will take part in a professional development program that will prepare her to extend her influence as a digital learning ambassador in her school and community.

Natalie’s favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: A Roman’s Eye View

PBS LearningMedia is PBS’ digital archive of 100,000+ educational assets made available to educators and the US public – for free! In Central Texas, over 7,000 educators have to date created LearningMedia accounts for use in their classrooms and for their own interests. Teachers can build and archive lessons incorporating digital media, and a new student feature allows their students to create and display storyboards to demonstrate their knowledge.

Check out Central Texas’ prior LearningMedia Digital Innovator, Julie Hildebrand, here

 

Order Up!

Kids enjoying the iPad station and the "Order Up!" game
Kids enjoying the iPad station and the "Order Up!" game

Kids enjoying the iPad station
and the “Order Up!” game

KLRU participated in the Boys & Girls Club Health Fair this past Saturday, April 11th benefiting all the Austin sites. Each site presented an activity of what their children have been learning about healthy habits.  KLRU had five of the East Club site’s iPads available for 100 kids to explore the PBS apps dedicated to healthy eating. We also presented ”Order Up!” which is a live-action group game for up to 35 participants (in English and Spanish). Kids receive cards with varied foods and a challenge to assemble a meal that meets specified criteria (food groups, price, nutrition, etc.). The game grows in complexity in each round, with multiple criteria and bonus points for extra-healthy meals. Occasionally, a “trash round” permits a junk-food binge, but with tooth brushes offered as a reminder that trash foods should be once-in-a-while treats!

American Graduate Champion: SaulPaul

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KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

saul-paulToday’s Champion is SaulPaul. A “Musician with a Message,” SaulPaul works as  a mentor and speaker encouraging youth to pursue “education not incarceration.”  He has taken his history with incarceration and has transformed his life into one that  connects with at-risk youth in a way that only a few can. He has volunteers at treatment facilities to help encourage and uplift youth on probation to believe in something better. The recognition letter submitted by the community said: ”SaulPaul brings hope and direction to young people using his own story and creative talents as inspiration. At TEDxYouth@Austin, in the spirit of ideas worth spreading, SaulPaul presented “Re:Start Your Life” to high school students. “Using his tasteful rhymes and freestyle raps, SaulPaul incorporates his unique style with his guitar and loop pedal; his powerful voice and brings his inspiring message to the world.” SaulPaul’s music allows him to capture the attention of diverse crowds to deliver a relevant message through the example of his own life story. From transitioning middle and high school students in metro Atlanta to a district in the backwoods of Little Rock, AR, SaulPaul’s music is influential. Touching the hearts and minds of students through live performances at home and abroad, there is social good in SaulPaul’s message. In classrooms, at professional conferences, or as a youth mentor, SaulPaul encourages positive decisions for positive results; using his story as evidence.

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

 

Overheard with Evan Smith guests talk 2016

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We love politics at Overheard with Evan Smith and a lot of our guests do, too. This season, as always, we’ve interviewed politicians, political operatives, writers, and journalists and one topic always comes up: the 2016 presidential race.

Watch the playlist below to hear from former Congressman Barney Frank, Senator Bernie Sanders, conservative New York Times columnist Ross Douthat, Bob Woodward, political strategist and Obama adviser David Axelrod, and Mary Matalin and James Carville as they analyze the field of potential candidates. Senator Sanders is considering running for president against newly-announced presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

All of our Overheard tapings are free and open to the public. Our next taping is this Friday, April 17 at 5pm with Cokie Roberts. You can sign up here for our email evite which will notify you every time we announce a taping. You watch our full archive of past episodes online anytime here.

American Graduate Champion: Joseph Baird

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KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

joseph-bairdToday’s Champion is Joseph Baird. Baird is the Mariachi Director at Lehman High School. In his first year as the director, he has increased the musicianship of the program, and given these kids something to be very proud of. The recognition letter submitted by the community said: “Not all school districts have a Mariachi Program in their music department, so those of us in HCISD are very lucky to have the opportunity to join such an organization. The Mariachi groups have fun, compete, and truly represent their schools with pride.”

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.