Science Night June 17

This week, Science Night takes a look at World War II. NOVA tells the story of how a group of British officers dreamt of escaping a Nazi prisoner camp, while Nazi Mega Weapons tells you the history of the Atlantic Wall, Hitler’s massive defense structure. Plus, Nature takes you to Indonesia to discover why the number unique macaque monkeys is dwindling.

Nature The Funkiest Monkeys at 7 pm
Filmmaker Colin Stafford-Johnson returns to Sulawesi in Indonesia after twenty-five years to understand why numbers of feisty, expressive and unusual macaque monkeys have dropped dramatically. Teaming up with a local expert and creating the film allows him to share the macaques’ story with local schools and communities.

NOVA Escape from Nazi Alcatraz at 8 pm
This episode tells the story of Colditz Castle, a prisoner of war camp in Nazi Germany that was supposedly escape-proof. But at the end of World War II, a group of British officers dreamt up an elaborate escape plan involving a two-man glider made of bed sheets and floorboards. Now, a team of engineers and carpenters rebuilds the glider to see if the daring escape would have succeeded.

Nazi Mega Weapons Atlantic Wall at 9 pm
To protect occupied Europe from an Allied invasion, Hitler demanded the construction of a defensive wall stretching thousands of kilometers from France in the south to Norway in the north. This is the story of how this vast engineering project sucked in huge quantities of raw materials and men from all over the Third Reich and faced its ultimate test on D-Day.

American Graduate Champion: Rodolfo Mendez

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KLRU 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.

rodolfo-mendezToday’s Champion is Rodolfo Mendez! Rodolfo, or Rudy, is a community leader and mentor in Austin. He has taught folkloric dance and modern ballet to thousands of kids who wouldn’t normally have this experience helping them improve their self-esteem, grades and goal setting. His achievements include founding Ballet East Dance Company in 1978, dancing with the national companies of Costa Rica and Chile through the Peace Corps and being inducted into the Austin Arts Hall of Fame.

Laura Donnelly, co-founder of Latinitas magazine, says, “Rudy was born and raised on the east side of Austin and built his resume from the ground up. He brought his success as a dancer outside of Austin back to his neighborhood of origin – connecting young Latinos with the arts and in turn – helping them feel good about themselves.”

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: Natalie Cannon

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KLRU 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.

natalie-cannonToday’s Champion is Natalie Cannon! Natalie is a Latin teacher at Westlake High School. Natalie takes Latin above and beyond any regular classroom teaching trough her use of electronic media, and she has changed learning from reading out of a textbook to exploring Latin in new and boundless ways.

Matthew Kearney, a student at Westlake High School, gives an example of how Natalie uses media to teach. “This year we watched a short film on Roman History. Instead of having us take notes on paper, she had us post tweets about the movie, tagging them so that other people in our class could read and respond to them. She employed this so that we could ask each other questions and help one another better understand the information being presented in the movie.”

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.

Q Night at the Movies 6/13

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On this week’s Q Night at the movies, after an all-new On Story, we take a look at legendary filmmaking and music. After the classic A Few Good Men, Side By Side will explore the history and future of film creation. Later, the concert video Dead Ahead performed by the Grateful Dead serves as a prime example of a time-honored musical performance.

On Story Planet of the Apes: Reimagining a Sci-fi Franchise at 7:30 pm
Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, co-writers of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, discuss reimagining the popular sci-fi franchise and their delicate approach to depicting the protagonist’s journey.

All-Star Film Collection A Few Good Men at 8 pm
Navy lawyers (Tom Cruise, Demi Moore) defend two Marines accused of killing a private at the naval station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Side By Side: The Science, Art and Impact of Digital Cinema at 10:12 pm
This documentary investigates the history, process and workflow of both digital and photochemical film creation. It shows what artists and filmmakers have been able to accomplish with both film and digital, and how their needs and innovations have helped push filmmaking in new directions. Interviews with filmmakers and industry professionals reveal their experiences and feelings about working with film and digital — where we are now, how we got here and what the future may bring.

Grateful Dead Dead Ahead at 11:10 pm
The performances on Dead Ahead, filmed on October 30th and 31st of 1980, captured the Dead at a moment of transformation, when the band took a reckoning of their history through the lens of a marathon run of shows. Recorded in Radio City Music Hall, the performances marked the culmination of a month long musical odyssey during which the band stretched the boundaries of over 100 songs, from the newly written “Lost Sailor” to jug-band tunes they played in coffeehouses like “Monkey and the Engineer.”

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

An Eastside Education premieres June 23rd

You’ve probably heard of Eastside Memorial High School before, but not like this. This story follows one semester at the most talked about school in one of Austin’s oldest neighborhoods as teachers, parents, administrators, and students fight to meet state accountability standards or watch their school be closed.

Click here on June 23 to watch the six-part digital series from KLRU­-TV, Austin PBS.
Sign up here to be notified when the story is published.

American Graduate Champion: David Robb

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KLRU 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.

david-robbToday’s Champion is David Robb! David is a journalism teacher at Pflugerville High School. He develops his students’ abilities to become stronger journalists and provides experience and insight on all of their projects to further their growth.

Kennedy Huff, a student at Pflugerville High School, says, “Within the three years that I’ve known him with his help I’ve gone from a student to a hardworking journalist. Robb helps students pursue their passions for storytelling. The students are fully engaged in the creative process, and David Robb takes that one step further. He inspires students to become more than they ever thought possible.”

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.

KLRU and Austin Public Libraries Launch 2015 Summer Reading Program

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Families enjoying the activities at the Summer Reading Program launch.

Families enjoying the activities at the Summer Reading Program launch.

KLRU and the Austin Public Libraries launched their Summer Reading Program for the families in the Austin area on May 30, 2015 at Ruiz Public Library. Families were encouraged to attend and enjoy storytelling, balloon art, puppet shows and pick up their summer reading log.  Just by attending, all children were able to take home a book of their own. KLRU helped inform parents about Smart Screen Time and the use of KLRUKids.org as the “go to” location for their child’s entertainment during the hot summer days. KLRUKids.org is a safe, fun and educational tool that parents can rely on.  Kart Kingdom game launch was also a fun start to the summer. KLRU will be working with their partners and summer programs to promote the Summer Reading Program.

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Thank you for supporting #yourklru!

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We here at KLRU are absolutely blown away by the incredible amount of support we received from the Central Texas community last week. In only five days, #yourklru reached nearly double our goal and raised over $92,000 – all online and all thanks to YOU!

We didn’t interrupt your regular schedule and we didn’t break into your programs – and you WATCHED, GAVE, ENGAGED and INSPIRED your KLRU and your Central Texas community. Just look at what your friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, teachers, community advocates and so many others shared about #yourklru last week across social media via FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

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We can’t transform the way we fundraise without your help, and we are truly humbled by your support. Thank you for inspiring #yourklru with your photos, your stories, and your generosity.

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POV Screening – Art and Craft

KLRU, Austin Film Festival and the Bullock Texas State History Museum present preview screenings and discussions of three POV films scheduled to air later this year on KLRU. The screenings are free, but an RSVP is required. Be sure to RSVP for each film you would like to attend.

Don’t miss the first of the screenings, Art and Craft, on June 10th! Web Junkie screens on July 7th and Point and Shoot previews on August 10th.

Art and Craft
Wednesday, June 10th
7:00pm Texas Spirit Theater at The Bullock Museum
The screening is free but an RSVP is required: RSVP now
Mark Landis is one of the most prolific art forgers of the modern era—and he isn’t in it for the money. In the last 30 years he’s copied hundreds of pieces, from 15th-century icons to works by Picasso and even Dr. Seuss, then donated them to museums across the country. When a tenacious registrar discovers the ruse, Landis must confront his legacy and a chorus of duped professionals intent on stopping him. But Landis is a diagnosed schizophrenic, driven since his teens to escape “the life of a mental patient,” and ending the con isn’t so simple. A cat-and-mouse caper told with humor and compassion, Art and Craft uncovers the universal in one man’s search for connection and respect. Official Selection of the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival and International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam. Named a Top 5 Documentary by the National Board of Review. Produced in association with American Documentary | POV. Directed by Sam Cullman and Jennifer Grausman; co-directed by Mark Becker.