Q Night At The Movies 4/16: New Episode of On Story & More

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JohnSingletonQuoteCardStandardQ Night At The Movies kicks off with back-to-back episodes of Variety. After that, On Story brings on John Singleton to discuss his influences and process. Finishing off the night is The Remains of the Day, a movie about a butler’s struggle between his devotion to work and his love for a housekeeper.

Variety Episode #301 at 5:30 p.m.
Exclusive conversations between some of the most exciting actors working today. Featuring Cate Blanchett (Carol/Truth) with Ian McKellen (Mr. Holmes), Will Smith (Concussion) with Benicio Del Toro (Sicario), Brie Larson (Room) with Joel Edgerton (Black Mass), Samuel L. Jackson (The Hateful Eight) with Michael Keaton (Spotlight).

Variety Episode #302 at 6:29 p.m.
An intimate conversation between some of the greatest actors working today. Featuring Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs) with Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn), Carey Mulligan (Suffragette) with Elizabeth Banks (Love & Mercy), Steve Carell (The Big Short) with Rooney Mara (Carol), Bryan Cranston (Trumbo) with Jason Segel (The End of the Tour).

On Story John Singleton’s Classic Influences at 7:30 p.m.
John Singleton, the youngest and first African American filmmaker to win an Academy Award for his work on Boyz in the Hood, discusses his process, influences, and inspirations, from the work of acclaimed playwright August Wilson to pioneering directors Spike Lee and Federico Fellini.

All-star Film Collection The Remains Of The Day at 8 p.m.
An English butler’s (Anthony Hopkins) devotion to service keeps him from the housekeeper (Emma Thompson) he loves in 1930s England.

KLRU Summer STEM Resources

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KLRU is a proud partner of many summer STEM camp providers in Central Texas. We have built this collection of PBS and other amazing and fun resources for participants in these camps and for anyone to use!

Audiovisual and interactive resources available through PBS MediaLearning site:

Web platforms and interactive games outside PBS that can be used in learning activities:

Software resources outside PBS that can be downloaded and installed on local computers:

 

Austin Teacher Receives National PBS Recognition!

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2013 ADE North America InstitutePBS LearningMedia has just announced its 2016 National Digital Innovators, and for the second consecutive year, an outstanding faculty member from Westlake High School is on the list. Lisa Johnson is Westlake HS’s Educational Technologist, helping teachers fold cutting-edge digital media into instruction and student creations. Her passion for teaching + technology has resulted in her alter ego “TechChef.” As TechChef, Lisa maintains a TechChef4u blog, Co-hosts “Appy Hours 4 U” and “iVengers Radio”, and has co-authored the professional development ebook “Hot Apps 4 HOTS” with close to 20,000 international downloads.

As a LEAD Innovator, Johnson will travel to Denver to meet with Digital Innovators from across the country in order to share practices and advise PBS LearningMedia on effective uses.

Johnson’s own boys have grown up with Dinosaur Train, WordWorld, and Curious George. Her latest LearningMedia favorite is the Masterpiece Collection, both the original version and the Pinterest variation.

PBS-LearningMedia-Vertical-High-ResView the complete list of 2016 Digital Innovators here.

PBS LearningMedia provides PreK-12 educators with access to free digital content and professional development opportunities designed to improve teacher effectiveness and student achievement. Currently, the site has over 100,000 resources from the PBS Archives and other important sources such as the National Archives. Learn more about this program at klru.pbslearningmedia.org

 

Update (April 13, 2016): An additional five local educators have been named Digital Innovators as well for 2016-2017. They are:

  • Mitch Fairchild – Sci-Tech Preparatory, Austin
  • Claire Grant – Lanier High School, Austin ISD
  • Diane Hance – Grisham Middle School, Round Rock ISD
  • Angela Tackett – Harmony School of Political Science and Communication, Austin
  • Ryan Torbey – Harmony School of Science, Austin

This group will receive one free year of online professional development options from PBS LearningMedia.

Arts In Context Shorts: Austin Community Steelpan Band

More than an after-school program, the Austin Community Steelband has created an expressive place to uplift local youth through learning steelpan music.  Originating in Trinidad, steelbands served as a way for poor and oppressed people to come together and express themselves through music. Executive Director Paula Beaird and Musical Director Cecil Francis continue manifest the soul of Trinidad by providing a free musical instruction where underprivileged children learn skills like memorization, focus and listening that they can take home and apply to their lives at home and in school.  With an emphasis on collaborative and enriching learning, the students have turned it into more than an after-school program.  They are now a part of a vibrant, historically-rich musical community that extends beyond the city limits of Austin, Texas.

In the Studio: Overheard tapes Kara Swisher 4/16

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Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Kara Swisher on April 16 at 3:45pm in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 3:15pm. The event is free but an RSVP is required. Please complete the form here to RSVP.

Kara Swisher is the Executive Editor of Re/code, Host of the Re/code Decode podcast and Executive Producer of the Code Conference, which brings together technology influencers and CEOs. Swisher has been covering technology and digital issues since 1997 when she was a reporter in the Wall Street Journal’s San Francisco bureau. She’s been called Silicon Valley’s “most feared and well-liked” journalist and the region’s “most powerful snoop.” Swisher is in Austin to keynote the International Symposium on Online Journalism at UT.
Saturday, April 16 at 3:45pm
KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
Doors at 3:15pm
RSVP

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith continues a 6th 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. Please join us and be part of the studio audience at this taping with Kara Swisher. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at klru.org/overheard

PBS KIDS Earth Month Takes On Austin!

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KLRU and PBS KIDS are springing into Earth Month with the annual Explore the Outdoors initiative, encouraging families to get outside and explore nature.The adventure begins on April 11 with brand-new episodes of READY JET GO! Then, on April 25, we kick off an all-new week of WILD KRATTS and NATURE CAT, including the 100th episode of WILD KRATTS!

KLRU received an Explore the Outdoors grant from PBS Kids to host events in our area in celebration of Earth Month and encourage kids and families to get outdoors, learn and explore nature. We have partnered with Sims and Campbell Elementary along with many other agencies (KAB, SFC, PARD, Austin Resource & Recovery, B&GC’s of Austin, local Girl Scouts group) to hold a Green Spring Festival at each school. Each school will have gardening, recycling, STEM activities and much more to celebrate their movement toward  the Austin’s Zero Waste goal. The Green Spring Festivals will be April 16th at Sims Elementary & April 23rd at Campbell Elementary.

Q Night At The Movies 4/9: Sense and Sensibility & More

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This week, Q Night at the Movies is a must watch for lovers of the English language. The night begins with back to back episodes of Variety, speaking with stars from some of today’s best television shows. Then, On Story breaks down the classic movie, Dead Poet’s Society, with its writer Tom Schulman. Ending the night is the film adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel, Sense and Sensibility.

Variety Episode #201 at 5:30 p.m.
Exclusive conversations between some of the most exciting actors working today. Featuring Julia Louis Dreyfus (Veep) with Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent), Queen Latifah (Bessie) with Taraji P. Henson (Empire), Jessica Lange (American Horror Story), with Taylor Schilling (Orange is the New Black), Liev Schrieber (Ray Donovan) with Maggie Gyllenhaal (An Honorable Woman), Michael Sheen (Masters of Sex) with Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul).

Variety Episode #202 at 6:29 p.m.
An intimate conversation between some of the greatest actors working today. Featuring Claire Danes (Homeland) with Don Cheadle (House of Lies), Matt LeBlanc (Episodes) with Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family), Clive Owen (The Knick) with Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife), Viola Davis (How to Get Away with Murder) with Jane Fonda (Grace and Frankie), Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin) with Uzo Aduba (Orange is the New Black).

On Story Dead Poets Society: Deconstructing the Acclaimed Classic at 7:30 p.m.
Tom Schulman, writer of Dead Poet’s Society, deconstructs the story’s journey from script to screen, along with his unique working relationships on set with Robin Williams and director Peter Weir.

All-star Film Collection Sense and Sensibility at 8 p.m.
Suitors romance, then abandon, sisters (Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet) left destitute by their father’s death in late-1800s England.

Science Night 4/13

Science Night explores the the brain this week. But first at 7 p.m., learn about Asia’s last wild lions. Then at 8 p.m., watch scientists attempt to figure out the cause of Alzheimer’s. Finally at 9 p.m., figure out different ways we might be able to combat mental illness by looking at a bipolar brain.

Nature India’s Wandering Lions at 7 p.m.
Witness the incredible story of Asia’s last wild lions, once on the brink of extinction, but who now live dangerously close to the villagers of India.

NOVA Can Alzheimer’s Be Stopped? at 8 p.m.
Alzheimer’s ravages the minds of over 40 million victims worldwide. Join scientists as they untangle the cause of this tragic illness and go behind the scenes of major drug trials to discover the therapies that may slow and even prevent the disease.

Ride The Tiger at 9 p.m.
Search the bipolar brain to find out where the biological and chemical breakdowns occur and how we may be able to pre-empt disorders and fix or rewire our brains. Learn if new treatments can lead to advances in other areas of mental illness as well.

Highlights April 10-16

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Sunday at 7 p.m., Barbara is caught between a stressed expectant mother and her impecunious husband on Call the Midwife Episode #502. Sister Evangeline’s vocal objection to the sale of baby formula distresses a new mother who’s unable to breastfeed.

On Grantchester Season 2 On Masterpiece Episode 3, Sidney and Geordie answer a false alarm, which turns into a real murder investigation. Amanda gets into trouble. Things get more serious with Margaret Sunday at 8 p.m.

Sunday at 9p.m., Frank turns into prey at a swank junket for the press on Mr. Selfridge Season 4 On Masterpiece Episode 3. Josie arrives to console Grove. Harry faces a choice: settle a gambling debt or bankroll the Dolly twins’ dream job.

In the inspiring documentary, Jackie Robinson Part 1, Robinson rises from humble origins to integrate Major League Baseball, performing brilliantly despite the threats and abuse he faces on and off the field and, in the process, challenges the prejudiced notions of what a black man can achieve Monday and Friday at 8 p.m.

Austin Revealed Civil Rights Stories interviews prominent Austin citizens about their experience during Austin’s civil rights period, the effect of segregation and what gentrification has meant to the city Monday at 10 p.m.

On Arts in Content Masters of Ceremony, Riders Against The Storm build a community around a love of hip-hop and healing. Their bombastic music leads the charge as they seek to enlighten their audiences. This husband and wife duo envision themselves not as mere performers but as a vehicle for connection Monday at 10:30 p.m.

Tuesday at 7 p.m. and Thursday at 9 p.m., explore the serene spaces that offer city dwellers a respite from the hustle and bustle of urban life, from Savannah’s elegant squares to a park built over a freeway in Seattle to New York’s High Line on 10 Parks That Changed America.

Tuesday at 8 p.m. on Jackie Robinson Part Two, Robinson uses his fame to speak out against injustice, alienating many who had once lauded him for “turning the other cheek.” After baseball, he seeks ways to fight inequality, but as he faces a crippling illness, he struggles to remain relevant.

Tomlinson Hill documents how the legacy of slavery in east and central Texas has created a region still divided despite the civil rights changes of the last 60 years Tuesday at 10 p.m. Reporter Chris Tomlinson, a descendant of slave owner James K. Tomlinson, confronts the shame and guilt he feels from his ancestry and digs deeper into the real legacy of the area.

Wednesday at 7 p.m., witness the incredible story of Asia’s last wild lions on Nature India’s Wandering Lions. Once on the brink of extinction, these lions now live dangerously close to the villagers of India.

Alzheimer’s ravages the minds of over 40 million victims worldwide. Wednesday at 8 p.m., join scientists on NOVA Can Alzheimer’s Be Stopped? as they untangle the cause of this tragic illness and go behind the scenes of major drug trials to discover the therapies that may slow and even prevent the disease.

Wednesday at 9 p.m., search the bipolar brain to find out where the biological and chemical breakdowns occur and how we may be able to pre-empt disorders and fix or rewire our brains on Ride The Tiger. Learn if new treatments can lead to advances in other areas of mental illness as well.

On Austin City Limits Nine Inch Nails, this rock band makes a rare television appearance, taking the ACL stage in an hour-long performance of tracks from the latest album, Hesitation Marks. Don’t miss it Wednesday and Friday at 10 p.m.!

Overheard with Evan Smith Richard Linklater, Filmmaker features a director whose film, Boyhood, was nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Film Editing Thursday at 7 p.m. Linklater’s newest film, Everybody Wants Some, is in theaters April 2016.

On Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Cactus Jack: Lone Star on Capitol Hill reveals the rollicking saga of one of the most powerful but often forgotten figures in U.S. history-John Nance “Cactus Jack” Garner (1868-1967). The program charts Garner’s extraordinary life, from his humble roots in Blossom Prairie, Texas, to his 38-year tenure on Capitol Hill where he wielded power as Speaker of the House during the darkest days of the Great Depression.

Thursday at 8:30 p.m., Chet goes fishing on Lake Fork, one of the most-famous big bass lakes in Texas, on The Daytripper Sulphur Springs, Texas. He visits a historic square with a see-through public restroom and then explores a museum dedicated to the dairy business.

On Austin City Limits Tweedy, songwriter Jeff Tweedy is joined by his son Spencer and members of the band Lucius for songs from Sukierae Saturday at 7 p.m.

Indie Lens Pop-Up The Armor Of Light 5/3

Join KLRU and the Austin Public Library for the Indie Lens Pop-Up screening of the documentary The Armor Of Light. This free event takes place Tuesday, May 3rd, at 7 p.m. at the Austin Public Library Windsor Park Branch 5833 Westminster Dr., Austin, TX, 78723.

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Two people of faith come together to explore the contradictions of a nation rife with gun violence: a famously anti-abortion evangelical minister risks losing followers when he questions the morality of gun ownership, while a grieving mother dedicates herself to creating change after the shooting of her unarmed teenage son.

Formerly known as Community Cinema, the long-running screening series has been renamed Indie Lens Pop-Up to strengthen the bond between the Independent Lens television series and local communities, and bring new energy and new audiences to the in-person events as well as online OVEE events and the broadcasts on KLRU. Over the past decade, screenings of Independent Lens films have brought more than 331,000 participants together at over 5,700 events to discuss issues that impact local communities.