Civic Summit: Student & Teacher Townhall 1/13

Civic Summit Taping Announcement

Join KLRU on January 13, 2015 for a townhall with Dr. Paul Cruz, the sole finalist for AISD Superintendent.

DATE: January 13th
TIME: 7 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)
LOCATION: KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
RSVP: This event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP now

Austin ISD Interim Superintendent, Dr. Paul Cruz, is set to become the permanent superintendent of our region’s largest school district. Before the school board votes to confirm him, Civic Summit invites students, teachers, and you to ask him questions in a discussion moderated by Judy Maggio and PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs All-Star Kennedy Huff.

This townhall will be taped to air on January 22nd at 9 pm on KLRU.

This production is part of KLRU’s American Graduate initiative. As an American Graduate Station, KLRU is seeking a clearer understanding of the nature and impact of the dropout problem in our region, and is partnering with organizations working to increase graduation rates. You can find more information about the initiative by visiting: www.klru.org/americangraduate.

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Highlights January 4-10

KLRU Highlights

On the Great British Baking Show Sunday at 7 pm the contestants try to make the best biscuits in order to continue in the competition.

Season 5 of Downton Abbey begins Sunday at 8 pm as the Crawley family and the staff struggling with responsibilities and choices as they adjust to life in the Roaring Twenties.

Alastair Bruce, historical advisor to Downton Abbey,  reveals the secrets of how the aristocratic set dined and dressed, how they married and made money on Manners of Downton Abbey at 9:15 pm Sunday.

Our Time Is Now at 9 pm Monday follows six New Mexico teenagers as they strive to finish high school, wrestle with personal challenges, and pursue their dreams. This program is part of KLRU’s American Graduate initiative.

Follow three boys as they navigate the often-treacherous road between childhood and adolescence in an economically depressed Missouri town on Independent Lens Rich Hill Monday at 10 pm. Despite the isolation and deprivation, they long for the American Dream.

Award-winning author Charlotte Gray and historians Terrence Cole and Michael Gates bring new insights and perspective to the Alaska gold rush of the 1890s on Klondike Gold Rush Tuesday at 7 pm.

Robert Ripley’s obsession with the odd made him one of the richest men in America. Ripley Believe It Or Not on American Experience at 8 pm Tuesday profiles the eccentric, globetrotting playboy who became an unlikely national celebrity.

With first-hand accounts of school killings in Newtown and Columbine, and the shooting of Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, Frontline Gunned Down Tuesday at 9 pm examines why despite the national trauma over gun violence Washington hasn’t acted.

Breathtaking photography reveals wolves, wild boar and even bears living among France’s many mountains, valleys and forests on Nature Wild France at 7pm Wednesday.

Meet a new breed of flying robots, from tiny swarming vehicles to giant unmanned planes on Nova Rise of the Drones at 8 pm Wednesday.

Austin City Limits Wednesday at 10 pm and Friday at 9:30 pm showcases modern Americana with the Avett Brothers and Nickel Creek.

Novelist James Ellroy talks about his career writing noir-style crime fiction on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.

Arts In Context at 7:30 pm Thursday profiles Les Rav, the classically-influenced experimental folk band, born from the intense personal hardship of songwriter Lauren Bruno.

Chet heads to Abilene to explore the history of the wild Texas frontier on The Daytripper at 8 pm. Then at 9 pm, he goes to the State Fair of Texas.

Conceived and hosted by renowned American singer Renee Fleming, Great Performances American Voices Friday at 8 pm is the groundbreaking festival of performances, master sessions and symposia.

Mosaic: The Deep Eddy Mural Project at 10:30 pm Friday tells the story behind Austin’s iconic mural.

America’s Test Kitchen Christopher Kimball takes us behind the scenes to connect kitchen-to-garden philosophy on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. On tour, a new gardener feeds her family of seven from organic pickings all year long.

Austin’s best alternative rock shines with Spoon and White Denim on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.

 

Science Night Jan. 7

Science Night for January 7th features a trip to France, a look at drones and a look at one of Hitler’s most dangerous weapons.

Nature Wild France at 7pm Wednesday
For most, a trip to France includes fine food, local wines, beautiful cities and celebrated culture of all kinds. This is a trip of a different sort altogether, featuring the unexpected flora and fauna of the country, both great and small. Journeying from the Pyrenees to the Alps, all around the mainland and farther on to Corsica, it is the story of the wild side of France. Breathtaking photography reveals wolves, wild boar and even bears living among France’s many mountains, valleys and forests.

Nova Rise of the Drones at 8 pm Wednesday
Meet a new breed of flying robots, from tiny swarming vehicles to giant unmanned planes.

Nazi Mega Weapons V1: Hitler’s Vengeance Missile  at 8 pm Wednesday
In retaliation for devastating Allied bombing raids on German cities, Hitler orders the development of a groundbreaking weapon. This is the story of one of the most ambitious projects of the Third Reich: Hitler’s Vengeance weapon, the V1. Though it was ready too late to make a difference to the outcome of the war, its legacy is the cruise missile – a weapon that changed the face of war forever.

Q Night at the Movies Jan. 3

KLRU Q - Night at the Movies

It’s a night of comedy and news on Q Night at the Movies January 3rd with the featured film Network!

On Story The Evolution of Funny at 7:30 pm
Larry Wilmore, the Senior Black Correspondent on The Daily Show and creator of The Bernie Mac Show reflects upon different forms of comedy, his own comic influences, and always looking to maximize comedic potential. Followed by two short films about courage and endurance: Chris Bourke and Kevin Harger’s LOVE, EMILY, and Andrea Gomez’s 036.

Feature film Network at 8 pm
A TV executive (Faye Dunaway) boosts her ratings with a mad anchorman (Peter Finch) who thinks he speaks for God.

Further explore the topics brought up in Network with the documentary Running on Empty: The Brain Drain in Local TV immediately after the movie. Journalism is losing experienced reporters at a record rate. This means less in-depth and investigative reporting that help keep you informed. This documentary introduces you to some seasoned reporters who were at the top of their game. They share their frustrations and challenges as they move on with their lives.

KLRU Q is broadcast channel 18.3. It is also available to digital cable subscribers of Grande on 284 and Time Warner on 20.

The Story of Storybook

The Women’s Storybook Project of Texas is a non-profit connecting incarcerated women with their children through books. Volunteers bring children’s books to the inmates. The women pick out a story and volunteers record their voices reading it to their child. The women can earn the chance to participate in the program with good behavior for 90 days.

The video above, titled The Story of Storybook, shows the impact the program has on the women and their families.

The Story of Storybook was produced by Jeff Bowden, Brandon Dickerson and Karen Bernstein. It was directed by Jeff Bowden and Brandon Dickerson and edited by Mike Saen.The piece aired in two parts during PBS NewsHour Weekend on December 27 & 28.

January 2015 Family Choice

KLRU chooses three programs each month for your family to enjoy and view together. In January 2015, we have the following lined up:

Tuesday, January 6 at 8pmRipley, Believe It or Not: AMERICAN EXPERIENCE
Robert Ripley’s obsession with the odd made him one of the richest men in America. Over three decades, his “Believe It or Not” franchise grew into an entertainment empire and the eccentric, globetrotting, man became an unlikely national celebrity.

Wednesday, January 14 at 7pm: NATURE “Dog’s That Changed The World”
Part 1: ”The Rise of the Dog.”
From the tiniest Chihuahua to the largest St. Bernard, all dogs claim the wolf as their ancestor. But how did the wolf become the domesticated dog, and how did the hundreds of breeds we know today come to be so different?

Wednesday, January 21 at 7pm: NATURE “Dog’s That Changed The World”
Part 2: “Dog By Design.”
 
Some working dogs are able to use their skills to perform tasks they were bred for. But as we multiply and transform the many breeds of dogs, honing their looks and their sizes, we also change our relationship with them, and theirs with us.

Wednesday, January 28 at 7pmNATURE “Penguin Post Office”
In the heart of the Antarctic Peninsula there’s a post office surrounded by jaw-dropping scenery and 3,000 gentoo penguins. We’ll see their four month drama of getting to their breeding grounds, finding a partner, building a nest, laying eggs, protecting them from predators and raising their young.

Highlights December 28 – January 3

KLRU Highlights

Follow 12 amateur bakers as they enter the competition tent for their first hurdle: cake on The Great British Baking Show Sunday at 7 pm.

Watch Downton Abbey Season 4, Part 8 Sunday at 8 pm and also this upcoming Saturday at 8 pm.

Then catch Downton Abbey Rediscovered Sunday at 10 pm that combine clips, interview bites, and behind-the scenes footage.

Antiques Roadshow Monday at 7 pm is taking inspiration from the furnishings and finery of the sprawling estates in popular period dramas such as “Downton Abby” and “Upstairs Downstairs” for its new special.

In another episode of Antiques Roadshow Monday at 8 pm, host Mark L. Walberg visits Phoenix’ Desert Botanical Garden with appraiser Don Creswell for a discussion of antique botanical artwork.

Hitmakers Monday and Thursday at 9 pm is an up-close look at the music industry’s resilience in the digital age, from the perspective of groundbreaking artists, music label mavericks and game-changing managers.

Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey Monday at 10 pm follows the real life rock ‘n’ roll fairy tale of Filipino Arnel Pineda, who was plucked from YouTube to become the front man for iconic American rock band Journey.

Every 12 years, tens of millions of men, women and children gather on the flood plain of the Ganges and Yamuna Rivers in Allahabad, India, for the world’s largest gathering for religious purposes on Sacred Journeys with Bruce Feiler Tuesday at 7 pm.

Again on Sacred Journeys with Bruce Feiler Tuesday at 8 pm, Feiler travels to Nigeria with a group of African-American pilgrims who are attending an annual festival in honor of the Yoruba goddess Osun.

Frontline Tuesday at 9 pm examines the period after the first revolt, tracing the development and impact of the Gospels and looking at the increasingly hostile relationship between the Christians and the Jews.

Continuing a broadcasting tradition, Live From the Lincoln Center Wednesday at 7 pm presents the annual New York Philharmonic’s New Year’s Eve celebration concert.

Ring in the New Year with two-time Emmy and five-time Grammy-nominated entertainer, Michael Feinstein, and other celebrity performances on Michael Feinstein New Year’s Eve at the Rainbow Room Wednesday at 9 pm.

Bob Woodward, one of America’s most prominent investigative reporters and non-fiction writers, joins Evan Smith on Overheard Thursday at 7 pm.

The cherished tradition of ringing in the New Year at the opulent Musikverein with the Vienna Philharmonic continues on Great Performances Thursday at 7:30 pm.

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and Moyers and Company begin at 7 pm on Friday.

Music special, The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize Friday at 8 pm, honors singer-songwriter Billy Joel’s and Carole King’s receipt of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.

Even if your garden isn’t Downton Abbey, most likely it has roots in English garden design. Find out why with from Dr. William C. Welch on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. Jennifer and David Stocker built on childhood memories from across the pond when they designed their drought-tough garden on limestone. Find out why plants like peonies can’t make the move to the Southwest. Bring the garden indoors in low-care terrariums.

Austin City Limits Saturday at 7 pm showcases modern Americana with the Avett Brothers and Nickel Creek.

Q Night at the Movies December 27

KLRU Q - Night at the Movies

Classic stories and music come to life on KLRU-Q’s Night at the Movies this Saturday beginning at 7 pm.

First, on Arts In Context, the Miro Quartet performs music from popular composer Franz Schubert in front of a live studio audience. The quartet recreates the tradition of the “Shubertiad” in which groups of friends come together to explore new music for the first time. The Miro Quartet is an award winning and internationally performing professional classical string quartet based in Austin.

At 7:30 on On Story, the writers of re-imagined classics and popular franchises such as Ghost, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, Twins and Snow White and the Huntsman deliberate how to keep stories fresh while remaining faithful to the original version. Accompanied by Spencer and Lloyd Harvey’s short film Jack & Jill, a fresh take on the classic nursery rhyme.

The evening’s feature from the All-Star Film Collection is Amadeus beginning at 8 pm. Aging Antonio Salieri (F. Murray Abraham), court composer in Vienna, confesses to his sins against the young genius Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Tom Hulce).

KLRU-Q is broadcast channel 18.3. It is also available to digital cable subscribers of Grande on 284 and Time Warner on 20.

KLRU Q New Years Eve with Hardly Sound

KLRU Q celebrates the end of 2014 and the start of 2015 with Hardly Sound! Hardly Sound is a documentary series focused on Texas underground music and artists. The series features music but goes beyond the recording studio to tell the story of the band members with insight into the creative process.

Philippe Edison at 11 pm
Love, space travel, modesty and musical philosophy are all topics that Houston, Texas fusion artist Philippe Edison discusses in detail on the first episode of Season 3 of Hardly Sound. Edison’s anachronistic approach to his craft and to life in general make for some intriguing revelations and more importantly give a window to the creative development of his genre bending music.

Cross Record at 11:30 pm
Dan and Emily are natural people, ‘laid back’ if you will. Music for them is a tool for communication, not just between each other but with the world around them. The two have dreams to grow their own vegetables, have their own livestock, and simply live within the environment they exchange with.

Jazz Mills at midnight
An artist who is not only a performer but also a producer and mother. She sees a need for her art to be mutually beneficial and is content being part of the creative process whether she is in the spotlight or not.

News Briefs: First 10-1 election is history, & Volunteers send books to Texas inmates

KLRU News Briefs

On Saturday during PBS NewsHour, we have a rundown of Austin’s new 10-1 City Council. Most of the council races, plus the race for Austin Mayor, were forced to runoffs. Tuesday night was election night. The final makeup of the council will be:

Mayor: Steve Adler
District 1Ora Houston
District 2Delia Garza
District 3: Sabino “Pio” Renteria
District 4Greg Casar
District 5Ann Kitchen
District 6Don Zimmerman
District 7Leslie Pool
District 8: Ellen Troxclair
District 9: Kathie Tovo
District 10Sherri Gallo

Our Sunday story is about the Inside Books Project. Volunteers for Inside Books read letters from Texas inmates, in which the prisoners request certain books to be sent to them. Volunteers send the books back, along with a handwritten letter. There are more than 140,000 people incarcerated in Texas. You can watch that story in the video below.

KLRU News Briefs air locally during PBS NewsHour Weekend, Saturday and Sunday evenings at 6:30pm.