Science Night 1/20

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This week, an exciting Science Night starts with part two of Nature’s three-part series, Natural Born Hustlers. This episode explores how animals adapt themselves to trap their next meal. Then, NOVA heads to Antarctica to search for a killer under the ice. Wrap up the night with an episode of Earth’s Natural Wonders about the wonder of water.

Nature Natural Born Hustlers: The Hunger Hustle at 7 p.m.

Animals the world over have adapted their bodies or behavior in extreme ways to create a tantalizing trap. It’s all the result of millions of years of artful adaptation — all in the name of luring in the next meal.

NOVA Mystery Beneath The Ice at 8 p.m.

Dive under the ice to explore Antarctica’s under-ice landscape with a team of scientists as they search for the mystery killer that’s decimating the population of delicate shrimp-like creatures at the foundation of the Antarctic food chain.

Earth’s Natural Wonders Wonders Of Water at 9 p.m.

See wonders created by the grand and unpredictable power of water, including Victoria Falls, where men risk death to reach fishing pools; the Camargue, where man vs. bull; and ocean reefs, where a guardian seeks a manta ray to help save the species.

Highlights January 10 to January 16

KLRU Highlights

Sunday at 6 p.m., extortion and downsizing threaten the cast on Downton Abbey Season 6 on Masterpiece Episode 1. Change is afoot at the hospital. Mrs. Hughes poses a delicate question. Daisy speaks her mind, and Anna and Bates wait for the word.

Wedding plans hit a snag on Downton Abbey Season 6 on Masterpiece Episode 2, Sunday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 8 p.m. Pigs lead to trouble for Edith and Marigold. Thomas gets a hint. Anna has a secret appointment. Violet and Isobel lock horns over health care.

Watch Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson – in 1890s London on Masterpiece Theatre The Abominable Bride Sunday at 9 p.m., Thursday at 9 p.m. and Saturday at 9 p.m.

Discover fantastic finds on Antiques Roadshow Spokane, Hour Two, including a 1961-1963 JFK archive, a grotesque face jug and Gone with the Wind sketches. Can you guess which is valued at $60,000-$80,000? Monday at 7 p.m.

On Antiques Roadshow Pittsburgh, Pa – Hour Three host Mark L. Walberg joins appraiser Arlie Sulka at the Carnegie Museum of Art to explore the striking, vibrantly colored vases, bottles and jars made by glass master Maurice Marinot. Monday at 8 p.m.

Monday at 9 p.m., follow four adults on the autism spectrum as they open up their personal lives and navigate dating and romantic relationships. Independent Lens Autism In Love shows that despite many challenges faced by those with autism, love can find a way.

Then, Monday at 10:30 p.m., preview upcoming independent documentary films airing on PBS in 2016 on PBS Previews: The Best Of PBS Indies.

Tuesday at 7 p.m., explore the shared Irish ancestry of Soledad O’Brien, Bill O’Reilly and Bill Maher and how they have been deeply influenced by their Irish roots on Finding Your Roots The Irish Factor.

When it comes to the most important goals in the animal kingdom, learning how to survive and raising the next generation are right at the top of the list. Nature Natural Born Hustlers: Staying Alive, the first of this three-part series, offers stories about unusual survival techniques. Wednesday at 7 p.m.

From the first sparks of life to the survival of the fittest, unearth the secret relationship between rocks and life. NOVA Life’s Rocky Start, Wednesday at 8 p.m., goes around the world and back in time to investigate how minerals are vital to the origins and evolution of life.

On Earth’s Natural Wonders Extreme Wonders, Wednesday at 9 p.m., visit extreme locales, including Mount Everest’s Khumbu Icefall and its dangers to sherpas, the Grand Canyon, where conservationists try to ensure a condor chick’s survival, and the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, where farmers battle with elephants.

Overheard with Evan Smith Wendell Pierce, Actor And Author is Thursday at 7 p.m. Wendell Pierce is an actor, producer, and author, best known for playing Detective Bunk Moreland on HBO’s “The Wire.” A New Orleans native, he starred as Antoine Batiste in Treme, the HBO series about the city after Hurricane Katrina.

Civic Summit Stop The Drop: Engaging Students In Their Futures explores why some youth drop out of school. Texas boasts an 88% graduation rate, second only to Iowa. Those numbers are high, but why are some students still not graduating? Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

Thursday at 8:30 p.m., Chet visits “The Big Bend” of Texas with stops to learn its history and climb to a mountaintop classroom on The Daytripper Alpine, Tx.

Willie Nelson: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song Friday at 8 p.m features performances by Nelson, as well as Edie Brickell, Leon Bridges, Rosanne Cash, Ana Gabriel, Jamey Johnson, Alison Krauss, Raul Malo of The Mavericks, Neil Young, Promise of the Real, Buckwheat Zydeco and past Gershwin Prize honoree Paul Simon — with Don Was as music director (program subject to change).

Road to Austin, Friday at 9:30 p.m., is a legendary concert assembled by musical director, Stephen Bruton. The concert features Bobby Whitlock & CoCo Carmel performing “Layla;” Bob Schneider singing “Flowerparts;” Carolyn Wonderland and Bonnie Raitt performing “Ain’t Nobody’s Fault But Mine.”

Experience an hour of contemporary hip-hop from the Grammy-nominated superstar on Austin City Limits Kendrick Lamar, Friday at 10:30 p.m. The Compton rapper plays songs from his acclaimed LP, To Pimp a Butterfly, alongside his hits.

See how to feed your family even in small gardens and visit a young family’s backyard vineyard on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Enjoy intimate performances on Austin City Limits Ryan Adams/Shakey Graves, Saturday at 7 p.m. Adams performs a special acoustic set of hits and deep cuts. Graves showcases his latest effort, And the War Came.

After Martin’s first session with Dr. Rachel Timoney on Doc Martin The Shock Of The New, we see he may have met his match: if anyone is going to be able to help Martin change, then Dr. Timoney seems well-qualified. Saturday at 10:35 p.m.

Science Night 1/13

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Science Night explores the inner workings of life this Wednesday. First, the first of a three-part Nature series highlights some animals’ devious survival methods. Then, NOVA goes back in time to explore how minerals helped spark life. The night ends with another showing of Extreme Wonders.

Nature Natural Born Hustlers: Staying Alive at 7 p.m.

When it comes to the most important goals in the animal kingdom, learning how to survive and raising the next generation are right at the top of the list. This may seem clear cut, but the lengths to which some animals go to achieve these objectives can often be downright devious. The first of this three-part series offers stories about unusual survival techniques. Cuttlefish, for example, elude their many predators with a kind of invisibility cloak. Other ruses revealed include:  why burrowing owls, who live underground, mimic the sounds of rattlesnakes; how imitation may not just be the sincerest form of flattery, it can also save your life; and what deception the regal horned lizard employs as a last resort to keep a menacing coachwhip snake at bay. (via Thirteen)

NOVA Life’s Rocky Start at 8 p.m.

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

Earth’s Natural Wonders Extreme Wonders at 9 p.m.

Visit extreme locales, including Mount Everest’s Khumbu Icefall and its dangers to sherpas, the Grand Canyon, where conservationists try to ensure a condor chick’s survival, and the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, where farmers battle with elephants.

American Graduate Champion: Julie McCann

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LRU 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.

Today’s Champion is Julie McCann! Julie McCann is a special education teacher in Buda, Texas. She is passionate about her work and devoted to her students. “Her dedication towards providing an education to students whom may require extra attention and care not only demonstrates the kindness of her heart, but also portrays the champion within her,” her nomination form said. “It is truly inspiring being able to witness the work Mrs. McCann does with the special education department. Her personal connection with each student is undeniable.”

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.

Stop the Drop Taping Convenes Students and Educators to Discuss the Dropout Crisis

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Texas has ranked high in recent years for its low dropout rate, but there are still some students who don’t make it to the graduation ceremony.  The Texas Education Authority reports that roughly six students out of a hundred don’t graduate.  But what causes a student to drop out?  In early December, students, educators, and community members joined together in Studio 6A to discuss that for a special Civic Summit taping titled Stop the Drop: Engaging Students in Their Futures.

The hour-long special delved into different aspects of the dropout crisis, including what makes students lose interest in school, what barriers prevent students from re-enrolling, and what adults can do to help motivate students to stay in school.  Host Judy Maggio discussed solutions with experts and educators in the studio, and student host Ronald Elliot talked with student audience members about difficulties that kept them from engaging in school, and what adults did that either dissuaded or motivated them to pursue an education.

This Civic Summit was 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: klru.org/americangraduate.

American Graduate Champion: Adrian Plaster

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LRU 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.

Today’s Champion is Adrian Plaster! Adrian Plaster is a teacher at Jack C. Hays High School in Buda, Texas. She teaches French and sponsors the school French club. She looks out for her students and gives them moral support. She encourages her students to try their best. “She has always been there for me and has given me advice when I most needed it. Even when I struggled in her class and it took me long hours to understand, she stood by my side and didn’t give up on me,” her nomination form said. “Learning is never easy, especially when it’s something new. Though be it as it may, there are those who still support you and don’t leave you side.”

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: David Bowe

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LRU 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.

Today’s Champion is David Bowe! David Bowe is a teacher at Jack C. Hays High School in Kyle, Texas. He teaches social studies, and always makes his students a top priority. He wants to help his students any way he can. His story shows “there ARE teachers out there who DO care about them, with no real reason to. They simply care because that’s the kind of person they are,” the nomination form said. “Mr. Bowe, since the beginning of the school year, has proven that he sincerely cares for his students. He’s teaching to help them achieve something in life, to help them move forward with it and to teach them how to do so.”

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: Melinda Earp

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LRU 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.

Today’s Champion is Melinda Earp! Melinda Earp is a teacher at Jack C. Hays High School in Buda, Texas. She teaches English. “Mrs. Earp is a champion because she gave me the greatest sophomore English 2 year I could ever ask for. She is a great person,” her nomination form said. “I would think that others would want to take her class because she is a very good benefit.”

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: Tracy Harris

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LRU 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.

Today’s Champion is Tracy Harris! Tracy Harris is a teacher in Buda, Texas. She teaches first grade students. “When I finished first grade I was far behind the other kids and barely knew how to read and she would pick me up from daycare during the summer and teach me free of charge,” her nomination form said. Her story teaches people “to be nice out of the kindness in their hearts and not expect anything in return,” the form continued.

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.

Highlights January 3 to January 9

KLRU Highlights

On Countdown to Downton Abbey, Sunday at 7 p.m., count down the moments till the final season begins, with cast and filmmaker interviews celebrating the global impact of the series. Don’t miss the chance to find out what surprising twists and turns lie in store for the beloved characters.

Sunday at 8 p.m., extortion and downsizing threaten Downton Abbey on Downton Abbey Season 6 on Masterpiece Episode 1. Change is afoot at the hospital. Mrs. Hughes poses a delicate question. Daisy speaks her mind, and Anna and Bates wait for the word.

Continue the excitement on Downton Abbey: A Celebration, Sunday at 9:15 p.m., as the final season begins and savor favorite moments from past seasons. Glean hints of what’s to come in clips from upcoming episodes, along with behind-the-scenes interviews with cast and producers.

Celebrate the 20th anniversary with treasures like a 1919 Belmont Stakes trophy, 1963 “The Avengers” comics and two Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso oil paintings on Antiques Roadshow Spokane, Hour One, Monday at 7 p.m. Which find is worth $200,000 to $300,000?

Monday at 8 p.m. on Antiques Roadshow Pittsburgh, Pa – Hour Two, appraiser Peter Shemonsky shows host Mark L. Walberg strikingly delicate examples of centuries-old jewelry fashioned out of steel and iron against the formidable backdrop of Pittsburgh’s former Homestead Steel Works.

See how the power of cinema ignited a revolution in 1980s Romania on Independent Lens Chuck Norris Vs Communism, as an intrepid VHS bootlegger and a brave translator brought western movies to audiences behind the Iron Curtain. Monday at 9 p.m.

How The Beatles Rocked The Kremlin, Monday at 10 p.m., is the unknown story of how the Beatles inspired a revolution that helped to destroy the communist system, airing Monday at 10 p.m. Leslie Woodhead first met the Beatles in 1962 when he worked on a film in the Liverpool Cavern Club before the world had heard of the Fab Four. Twenty-five years later, when Woodhead began to make films in the Soviet Union, he became aware of how the Beatles legend had soaked into the lives of a generation of Soviet kids — even though they were barred from playing “Back in the USSR.”

Tuesday at 7 p.m., discover the unsolved mysteries behind the family stories of political organizer Donna Brazile, actor Ty Burrell and artist Kara Walker as they learn how the legacy of slavery has shaped their identities on Finding Your Roots The Stories We Tell.

Trace the increasingly contentious relationship between America and Israel and their bitter clash over Iran’s nuclear program on Frontline Netanyahu At War, Tuesday at 8 p.m.

Banjo Romantika introduces the musicians who play this unique bluegrass hybrid. Inspired by classic American bluegrass sounds, an assortment of musicians from across the formerly communist Czech Republic have melded the past, the political and the present into a lively musical tradition entirely its own. Tuesday at 10 p.m.

Love apparently knows no boundaries in the animal kingdom. Nature Animal Odd Couples, Wednesday at 7 p.m., investigates why animals form these special bonds and what these relationships suggest about the nature of animal emotions.

During World War I, the Allies and Germans repeatedly struggled to break the hideous stalemate of trench warfare. NOVA Secret Tunnel Warfare explores the extraordinary scale and risks of the Allied tunneling operations in the biggest excavation ever undertaken on the Western Front. Wednesday at 8 p.m.

Wednesday at 9 p.m., follow six brilliant scientists for the launch of the Large Hadron Collider, built to recreate the conditions of the Big Bang and search for the Higgs boson, marking the start of the biggest and most expensive experiment in the history of the planet on Particle Fever.

Overheard with Evan Smith brings you in-depth interviews with today’s most fascinating public figures. You’ll meet politicians, authors, artists, actors, journalists, business people – anyone who’s at the center of things. Join us Thursday at 7 p.m. for Overheard with Evan Smith Episode #609.

The Raising Of America: Early Childhood And The Future, Thursday at 7:30 p.m., looks inside the brain and brings to life recent scientific research that reveals how early experiences, beginning in the womb, can alter brain architecture and developmental trajectories. Through the stories of families from different walks of life, researchers discover how the lack of paid parental leave and high-quality affordable childcare, stagnant wages and overcrowded housing, depression and social exclusion, and perhaps most of all the time crunch, too often undermine the efforts of parents and caregivers struggling to provide the nurturing environments all children need to thrive.

Chet finds heaps of history, including the alleged grave of Jesse James and the story of John Wilkes Booth hiding out here after his assassination of the president on The Daytripper Granbury, Tx, Thursday at 8:30 p.m.

Friday at 8 p.m., President and Mrs. Obama host In Performance At The White House In Celebration Of Creativity, celebrating the cultural resonance of art and literature in unique American musical forms.

Grab a front row seat for First You Dream: The Music Of Kander & Ebb, one of the most thrilling Broadway concerts in memory. Friday at 9 p.m., an all-star cast performs “New York New York,” “Cabaret” and other classic songs by the Tony, Oscar, Grammy and Emmy-winning Broadway songwriting team of Kander & Ebb.

Thrill to  rocking R&B sounds on Austin City Limits Alabama Shakes/Vintage Trouble, Friday at 10 p.m. The Shakes showcase their latest LP, Sound and Vision, during their second ACL appearance. Vintage Trouble make their debut emphasizing their most recent album, 1 Hopeful Road.

Experience an hour of contemporary hip-hop from a Grammy-nominated superstar on Austin City Limits Kendrick Lamar. Saturday at 7 p.m., the Compton rapper plays songs from his acclaimed LP, To Pimp a Butterfly, alongside his hits.

Saturday at 8 p.m., extortion and downsizing threaten the cast on Downton Abbey Season 6 on Masterpiece Episode 1. Change is afoot at the hospital. Mrs. Hughes poses a delicate question. Daisy speaks her mind, and Anna and Bates wait for the word.

Preview upcoming independent documentary films airing on PBS in 2016 on PBS Previews: The Best of PBS Indies, Saturday at 9:30 p.m.

Then, Doc Martin Episode 701 airs, Saturday at 10 p.m. Martin continues causing mayhem in the sleepy town of Portwenn.