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.

 

American Graduate Champion: Brandi Brownlow

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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 Brandi Brownlow! Brandi Brownlow is a teacher at Jack C. Hays High School in Buda, Texas. She teaches World Geography, but also teaches her students leadership strategies and urges them to do their best. “She has been a mentor to me and has taught me to be the best I can be. Going through her class her leadership has taught me much today as a leader now I can look at the strategies she used,” her nomination form said.

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.

Science Night 1/6

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This week, Science Night goes on an interdisciplinary journey. First, Nature explores why cross-species animal relationships are just so darn cute. Then, NOVA investigates World War I tunnel warfare, followed by Particle Fever, about the discovery of the Higgs boson particle.

Nature Animal Odd Couples at 7 p.m.

Love apparently knows no boundaries in the animal kingdom. Despite the odds, there are countless stories of the most unlikely cross-species relationships imaginable. Instincts gone awry? NATURE investigates why animals form these special bonds and what these relationships suggest about the nature of animal emotions.

NOVA Secret Tunnel Warfare at 8 p.m.

During World War I, the Allies and Germans repeatedly struggled to break the hideous stalemate of trench warfare. In the winter of 1916, Allied engineers devised a massive surprise attack on the German army. Their weapon of choice: 600 tons of explosives, hidden in secret tunnels driven under German lines. Now, archaeologists are revealing the extraordinary scale and risks of the Allied tunneling operations in the biggest excavation ever undertaken on the Western Front.

Particle Fever 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.

Q Night at the Movies 1/2

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Pioneers Of Television Sitcoms at 6pm
This episode focuses on five key sitcoms: “I Love Lucy,” “The Honeymooners,” “Make Room for Daddy,” “The Andy Griffith Show” and “The Dick Van Dyke Show.” The last remaining Honeymooner, Joyce Randolph, offers surprising insights into the mind of Jackie Gleason. Similarly, Marlo Thomas speaks candidly about her father, Danny. Andy Griffith offers forceful opinions about the people and techniques that made his show work. In a rare occurrence, both Mary Tyler Moore and Dick Van Dyke recount their years on “The Dick Van Dyke Show.” Hundreds of episodes were culled for the most entertaining clips – including one particularly side-splitting bit by Don Knotts.

Pioneers Of Television Carol Burnett & The Funny Ladies at 7pm
This program is comprised largely of material from the “Funny Ladies” episode that led off season 3 of PIONEERS OF TELEVISION. The program focuses on Carol Burnett’s television comedy career and the funny ladies of television who joined her in paving the way for today’s TV comediennes.

On Story Exporting Comedy at 7:30 pm
Everybody Loves Raymond creator Phil Rosenthal discusses the (not so) universal language of comedy in his documentary EXPORTING RAYMOND with KISS KISS BANG BANG writer/director Shane Black. Followed by the charming Danish short film FIRST ANDERS by writer/director Kristian Ussing Anderson about a well-meaning father who attempts to teach his artistic and bullied young son a valuable lesson.

Feature film: Moonstruck at 8 pm
An Italian-American widow (Cher), engaged to a reticent suitor, falls in love with his brother (Nicolas Cage).

Italian Americans The American Dream at 9:45 pm
In post-war America, Italian Americans enter the middle class. Italian-American crooners define American cool, but even as Frank Sinatra skyrockets to fame, he is haunted by accusations of Mafia ties. Can Italian Americans fit into 1950s America or will the specter of organized crime always plague them?

Frank Sinatra: The Voice Of Our Time at 10:45 pm
Hosted by singer Mel Torme, this documentary chronicles the career of Frank Sinatra. The program focuses on Sinatra’s career from the 1940s through the 1960s, using archival footage and clips of Sinatra in newsreels, television programs, and films, interspersed with comments by Torme and excerpts from interviews with lyricist Sammy Cahn, singer/television personality Dinah Shore, film critic Leonard Maltin, and music critic John Rockwell. Touching briefly on his personal life, the program chronicles Sinatra’s rise in the music world, his acting career, and his involvement in politics and fundraising. Songs performed include “It Was A Very Good Year”, “Fly Me To The Moon” “Ol’ Man River”, “Stardust”, “Saturday Night Is The Loneliest Night Of The Week”, “You Make Me Feel So Young” ,”I’ve Got The World On A String”, “Come Rain Or Come Shine”, “Come Fly With Me” , “One For My Baby” and many more.

American Graduate Champion: Deborah Moore

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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 Deborah Moore! Deborah Moore is a mom, teacher, behavior specialist, 4-H leader and communitry activist in Kyle, Texas. She juggles dedicating her time to school, family, community activities and work. “Not only does she deal with a lot at school with her students and handle it well, she also has to come home and deal with my brother and [me] the rest of the time, so she never gets a break but she handles it like a champion,” her nomination form said. “People who are going through a rough time and don’t think they can get through it they would have this story to look at and know that they could do it.”

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: Kimberlee Jackson

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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 Kimberlee Jackson! Kimberlee Jackson is a mother in Buda, Texas. She supports her two children and refuses to give up on them and puts her family’s needs before her own. Even though she can’t make all of her children’s competitions, she always supports them.

“She always has a smile on her face and that smile soon spreads through out the family. She is the best person to call a mother and any one would be more than lucky to have such an amazing woman as their own mommy,” the nomination form said. “All mothers have made sacrifices for their gamily, and they are also the best superheroes to have in your life. We all learn and look up to our mothers, and we all appreciate what they do for us every day.”

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.

January 2016 Family Choice

KLRU chooses three to four programs each month for your family to enjoy and view together. For January 2016, we have the following lined up:

Friday, January 1 at 6:30 pm: Great Performances “From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2016”
Always one of “our favorite things,” the Vienna Philharmonic at the opulent Musikverein features everyone’s favorite Strauss Family waltzes accompanied by the beautiful dancing of the Vienna City Ballet. Stage and screen legend Julie Andrews returns as host.

Sunday, January 17 at 3:00 pm: The March
Witness the compelling and dramatic story of the 1963 March on Washington, where Dr. Martin Luther King gave his stirring “I Have a Dream” speech. This watershed event in the Civil Rights Movement helped change the face of America. The film reveals the dramatic story behind the event through the remembrances of key players such as Jack O’Dell, Clarence B. Jones, Julian Bond and Andrew Young.

Monday, January 18 at 7:00am and 2:30pm: Nature Cat
The week of January 18-22 kicks off on the Martin Luther King Jr. Day school holiday with a one-hour special featuring four brand new adventures featuring SNL voices for Daisy, Squeeks, Hal, and our eponymous hero, Nature Cat. The backyard gang travels near and far as they try to find the answers to some of life’s nagging nature questions, like “Where do streams begin?” and “What’s at the end of the rainbow?”