Science Night May 4th

Nature The Last Orangutan Eden at 7 pm
Ecologist Chris Morgan (Bears of the Last Frontier) travels to the jungles of Northern Sumatra to document the work being done to save its population of wild orangutans, which is quickly dwindling due to deforestation.

NOVA  Operation Lighthouse Rescue at 8 pm
The Gay Head Lighthouse, a historic landmark perched high on the cliffs of Martha’s Vineyard, is soon to become the next victim of the ocean’s relentless erosion of the island’s cliffs. Join engineers as they race to rescue this national treasure.

NOVA Petra: Lost City of Stone at 9 pm
How did early engineers carve tombs into rock cliffs and funnel water to this desert city?

Q Night At The Movies 4/30: Charade & More

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Q Night at the Movies celebrates two iconic movie stars this week: Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn. First on back-to-back episodes of Hollywood Idols the legacies of the two actors are told, respectively. Then On Story hears from two female writers, Nicole Perlman and Angela Kang, who discuss how they handle working in a realm of male-dominated comic book adaptations. We end the night back with Grant and Hepburn who star in Charade, a film about a woman (Hepburn) who several men (including Grant) pursue to get to her murdered husband’s fortune.

Hollywood Idols Cary Grant: The Leading Man at 6:30 p.m.
With a winning combination of comic style and leading-man charisma, Cary Grant was the essence of a star. But the suave exterior concealed a complex individual. Family photos, archival footage and film clips vividly convey Grant’s journey from lonely, working-class beginnings to the peak of Hollywood royalty. This profile includes the story of his discovery by Mae West.

Hollywood Idols Audrey Hepburn Remembered at 7 p.m.
Audrey Hepburn was one of movies’ best-loved stars. She was blessed with beauty, talent, an elegant sophistication, and an enduring aura of youthful innocence. As Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF she spoke for the world’s suffering children and families, earning affection and admiration from around the globe. Clips capture her commenting on her career, and the family and friendships that were her priority.

On Story Zombies & Groot – Bringing Comics To Life at 7:30 p.m.
Nicole Perlman (Guardian of the Galaxy) and Angela Kang (The Walking Dead) explore navigating a male-dominated industry as female genre writers. The women discuss tackling comic book adaptations, the importance of character development, and the fine line between staying true to the spirit of the source material while also breathing new life into preexisting storylines.

Corinth Films Collection Charade at 8 p.m.
Romance and suspense in Paris, as a woman (Audrey Hepburn) is pursued by several men (including Cary Grant) who want a fortune her murdered husband had stolen. Who can she trust?

Cine Las Americas Film Festival 5/4-5/8

The 19th Annual Cine Las Americas International Film Festival is scheduled for May 4 – 8, 2016. The festival showcases contemporary films and videos from Latin America (North, Central, South America, and the Caribbean) and the Iberian Peninsula. Films and videos made by or about Latinos in the U.S. or the rest of the world, as well as films and videos by or about indigenous groups of the Americas are also invited to participate. Get the complete list of films.

Films will be presented at partnership venues The Marchesa Hall & Theatre, The Salvage Vanguard Theater, and The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center. The festival once again will offer narrative and documentary feature and short films and videos, as well as experimental, animation, and music video selections, in competitive and non-competitive sections.

Badges for the entire festival and individual screening tickets are available for purchase. Get more details. All screenings presented at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (MACC) are free and open to the public.

First Annual To The Contrary Women’s Film Festival

To the Contrary

To The Contrary, a PBS show dedicated to discussing issues from diverse perspectives, will hold their first annual film festival. Winners will have their documentaries broadcasted on national television.

First launched in 1992, To The Contrary has given a space for women to discuss issues impacting themselves, children and their diverse communities. Almost 25 years later, they are still committed to this mission and through this film festival, will work to achieve it in a new way.

If you are a first-time documentarian who completed a program in 2015 which highlights the struggles of women, girls or diverse communities, consider applying to this feeless contest. Winners’ documentaries will air on To The Contrary, which airs on 91% of PBS stations nationwide, on Canadian television and Voice of America internationally.The five categories include:

  • Current event documentaries that highlight issues in the United States 
  • Current event documentaries that highlight issues globally
  • Documentaries chronicling the history of a woman’s movement from any era (can be profiles of influential women)
  • Documentaries about the changing cultural attitudes on gender from a woman’s perspective
  • Undergraduate or graduate student documentaries that fall into any of the above categories

Submissions opened on March 14 and will close May 15. Winners will be announced July 29.

To read the full rules and guidelines, click here.

Highlights April 24-30

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See how Sister Julienne’s faith is tested by and how a teenage pregnancy poses a problem for a young man on Call the Midwife at 7 pm Sunday.

The case of a suspicious death takes a surprising turn on Grantchester at 8 pm Sunday.

Jimmy comes up with a plan to save Harry’s bacon on Mr. Selfridge at 9 pm Sunday.

National Parks: America’s Best Idea
 Monday to Saturday at 8 pm. works its way chronologically through the history of the national parks featuring characters — some famous, most not, from every walk of life — who dedicated their lives to insuring all could enjoy these places. The film explores how the national park system came to be and examines some— but not all — of how these majestic places came to be national parks.

The National Parks of Texas: In Contact With Beauty at 7 pm Tuesday shares how these parks were created and reveals the secrets they hold. Travel with us on a trip around the state and across time to experience the past, present and future of the national parks of Texas.

Anthony Foxx, 17th U.S. Secretary of Transportation, is the featured guest on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.

Songwriting With: Soldiers offers intensely immersive retreats to military veterans and active duty soldiers where they write songs about their experiences with the help of professional songwriters on Arts In Context at 7:30 pm Thursday.

Celebrate Wildflower Week to spare water and nurture us and wildlife, even in a side yard meadow on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday showcases new acoustic music with Sarah Jarosz and The Milk Carton Kids.




In the Studio: Mental Health Matters 5/10

Mental Health Matters

To bring light to the fact that May is Mental Health Month, KLRU — along with The Texas Tribune and The Mental Health Channel — will conduct a discussion about statewide mental health policy.

This discussion will take place on May 10th in KLRU Studio 6A. While this event is free, RSVP is required and admission will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the taping will start at 7 p.m. RSVP now

Moderated by The Texas Tribune’s Alana Rocha, a panel of mental health experts will discuss how Texas intends to help remedy the challenges that face those who struggle with their mental health. Topics include mental health in our school system, veterans and mental health, and mental health and the criminal justice system.

Production made possible in part by The Nancy Neavel Family. 

Humanities In The Spotlight: 4/24 & 5/1

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On this brand new KLRU program, distinguished alumni and professors from the University of Texas at Austin discuss the importance of humanities.

Kicking off the series on April 24 are Elizabeth Richmond-Garza and Miriam Schoenfield at 1 p.m. Richmond-Garza is a Distinguished Teaching Associate Professor of English and Director of the Program in Cooperative Literature at the University of Texas at Austin. Her talk focuses on the development of comparative literature as a discipline. Schoefield is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin and she speaks on the nature of good.

Joining us right after at 1:30 p.m. are Julius Glickman and Gordon Appleman. Professor Jeremi Suri interviews prominent attorneys and distinguished University of Texas alumni, Julius Glickman and Gordon Appleman about the importance of liberal arts education.

Finishing off the day are Douglas Bruster and Cherise Smith at 2 p.m. Douglas Bruster is the Mody C. Boatright Regents Professor in American and English Literature at the University of Texas at Austin. His talk focuses on the enduring relevance of Shakespeare. Cherise Smith is an Associate Professor in the Department of Art and Art History and Director of the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She discusses the racial critique in artwork by Michael Ray Charles.

The next week on May 1, start the day off with Susan Grant Palumbo and R. Kent Mcgaughy at 1 p.m. Associate Professor Janet Davis interviews finance professionals and distinguished University of Texas alumni, R. Kent McGaughy and Susan Grant Palombo. They discuss how education in the humanities has influenced their careers.

After that at 1:30 p.m., Humanities in the Spotlight presents Domino R. Perez and L. Michael White. Domino R. Perez is an Associate Professor in the Department of English and Director of the Center for Mexican-American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She speaks about how popular fiction can unite diverse audiences. L. Michael White is the Ronald Nelson Smith Chair in Religious Studies and Director of the Insitute for the Study of Antiquity and Christian Origins at the University of Texas at Austin. He talks about the importance of studying ancient fictional letters as historical documents.

Kimberly E. Monday and G. Sealy Massingil finish off the series at 2 p.m. Janet Davis interviews them as they discuss how their education in the humanities impacts the life and death decisions they make as surgeons.

Science Night 4/27


This week’s Science Night is all about how nature can work in our favor. At 7 p.m., see how our observance of owls helps us create innovative technology. Then at 8 p.m., learn how America’s national parks formed and how they benefit the people.

Nature Owl Power at 7 p.m.
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.

National Parks: America’s Best Idea The Empire Of Grandeur (1915-1919) at 8 p.m.
In John Muir’s absence, a new leader steps forward on behalf of America’s remaining pristine places; a new federal agency is created to protect the parks; and in Arizona, a fight breaks out over the fate of the grandest canyon on earth.

Q Night At The Movies 4/23: Chariots Of Fire & More

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This week, Q Night at the Movies looks back and celebrates innovators and groundbreakers. First, Variety speaks with actors who had standout performances in film in 2015. Then, Pioneers of Television pays tribute to some of the first female television comediennes, including Joan Rivers, Lucille Ball, Betty White, Carol Burnett and more. After that, On Story talks with Norman Lear, a television writer and producer who helped pave the way for how Hollywood intertwines situational comedy and progressive ideals. We end the night with Chariots of Fire, which showcases the trials and victories of British runners Harold Abrahams and Eric Liddell in the 1924 Olympics.

Variety Episode #303 at 5:30 p.m.
The actors responsible for the most exciting performances of the year talk about their work-and more. Featuring Seth Rogen (Steve Jobs) with Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight), Amy Schumer (Trainwreck) with Lily Tomlin (Grandma), Joseph Gordon-Levitt (The Walk) with Paul Dano (Love & Mercy), Isabella Rossellini (Joy) with Charlotte Rampling (45 Years).

Pioneers of Television Funny Ladies at 6:30 p.m.
This episode includes the first standup comediennes to appear on television, including Joan Rivers and the late Phyllis Diller. Funny Ladies also looks at Lucille Ball’s breakthrough on I Love Lucy and the sitcom stars who followed, including Mary Tyler Moore, Betty White and Marla Gibbs. Also, television’s most beloved variety star, Carol Burnett.

On Story Norman Lear – A Retrospective at 7:30 p.m.
Perhaps one of the most influential contributors to the landscape of situational comedies and progressive writing in Hollywood, Norman Lear transformed a genre known for play-it-safe humor into a platform for how Americans experience social issues. In this week’s On Story, Lear remembers a few of his favorite episodes and how he created some of the most beloved characters in the history of television.

All-star Film Collection Chariots Of Fire at 8 p.m.
Personal goals spur British runners Harold Abrahams (Ben Cross) and Eric Liddell (Ian Charleson) to compete in the 1924 Olympics.