Save the Date: POV Screening ‘All the Difference’ 6/27

Join KLRU and the Austin Film Festival on June 27 as we preview the POV documentary   All the Difference. The event is FREE and open to the public. RSVP here.

AllthedifferenceWeb-300x225The lives of two African-American teens from the South Side of Chicago comes to life in this film, which follows Robert and Krishaun as they pursue a college education. Statistics predict that they will not make it past high school, but they have other plans. Oscar®-nominated producer/director Tod Lending’s intimate film, executive produced by author Wes Moore, follows the young men through five years of hard work, sacrifice, setbacks and uncertainty. As they discover, support from family, teachers and mentors makes all the difference in defying the odds.

The screening takes place at the Google Fiber Space at 7pm June 27. RSVP here.

 

 

Today on the French Chef…

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Give for more programs and fewer interruptions on #YourKLRU!

Welcome to the French Chef!

Today, not only will you learn how to roast a chicken, but you’ll also be helping Shape the Future of #YourKLRU!

We’re only 2 days into our 5-day online giving drive and we’ve already raised over $20,000 towards our $100,000 goal! Yesterday, we met the $10,000 challenge match from Claire & Carl Stuart. And today, we have a generous dollar for dollar $2,500 challenge match from KLRU Business Supporter, Chez Zee! Give now to double your dollar instantly.

Julia Child, PBS icon and cooking pioneer, once said “Learn how to cook – – try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless, and above all have fun.” To her point, KLRU is doing just that with our second annual online giving drive!

Won’t you join us at the table for a serving of more programs with fewer interruptions by making your gift today?

Bon Appetit!

PS – Hungry for more? Donate $60 or more (or make a $5 or more ongoing monthly gift) to receive instant access to KLRU Passport, our newest member benefit and on-demand service that allows you to watch even more of your favorite PBS & KLRU shows!

Let’s Double it for #YourKLRU

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Dollar for dollar match when you support KLRU today!

We all know that Austin and the Central Texas community is growing…and where there is growth, there is change too. This is why public television, and specifically KLRU, has an ever increasingly important role to play in our community.

So many people are moving here from around the country and around the world and they don’t have roots in Central Texas. They don’t understand the art and culture of the area or the politics and current affairs. KLRU helps build context by offering a place to explore big issues facing Central Texas, by providing insight into the lifestyles and cultures of our region and by celebrating the rich creative community that makes our city so vibrant.

Last June, my wife, Claire, and I supported KLRU with a matching gift promise during the transformational 5-day online giving drive, #YourKLRU. We were delighted to hear of the resounding success of this campaign and the role it has since played in helping KLRU make some important changes to their fundraising efforts.

Today, Claire and I are pleased to support KLRU’s second online giving drive with another $10,000 matching gift promise. Your gift of any amount will be matched dollar for dollar from this challenge, effectively doubling your generosity and the impact of your gift on our growing community.

KLRU is kicking off the online drive today and they need to raise $100,000 in just 5 days! Will you join me in shaping the future of #YourKLRU by making your gift of support right now?

Sincerely,
Carl Stuart
KLRU Board Member & Longtime Supporter

P.S. – What’s more, when you donate $60 or more (or make a $5 or more ongoing monthly gift), you’ll receive instant access to KLRU’s newest member benefit! KLRU Passport is an on-demand service that allows you to watch your favorite PBS & KLRU shows whenever and wherever you want.

Science Night 6/8

This week on Science Night, go deep into the Sahara Desert and discover a 10,000-year-old human civilization, uncover the chilling reality of cyberwar and explore the data revolution.

Join Paul Sereno on Skeletons Of The Sahara at 7 pm as he and a team of archeologists discover remnants of people that lived 10,000 to 5,000 years ago. This program reveals to us what it was like for the two civilizations that once thrived in what is the world’s biggest desert.

Next on Science Night, tune into  at 8 pm and uncover the unreported detail in which cyber weapons can inflict physical damage on our factories, power plants and pipelines… leaving us vulnerable to attacks.

Closing Science Night at 9 pm, the future of nanotechnology, search for life beyond earth and the science of light are discussed on Ted Talks Science and Wonder.

Q Night At The Movies 6/4

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If you’ve ever wondered who started the pixie-cut trend you might want to tune into Q Night At The Movies on Saturday. First, we highlight film and Broadway actress Shirley MacLaine taking you through her career as an actress. Then, stay tuned for a discussion on the challenges that come with running your own webseries. Later, don’t miss the 1940 film The Shop Around The Corner.

Shirley MacLaine, long-legged and strawberry brown pixie haired, was called to stardom in 1955 and was cast in Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Trouble with Harry.” MacLaine has starred among the most popular leading men of the time such as Fred MacMurray, Jack Lemmon, Frank Sinatra, Clint Eastwood and Robert Mitchum. MacLaine’s films include The Apartment, Two For The Seesaw, The Turning Point, Terms of Endearment, Steel Magnolias and many more. Tune in on Shirley MacLaine: Kicking Up Her Heels at 7 pm.

Next at 7:30 pm on Awkward Black Girl: A Conversation With Issa Rae, join Rae as she tells us about the challenges that come with creating your own webseries, the freedom of doing it your own way and how to navigate the growing sensation of developing original online content.

Closing the night with The Shop Around The Corner, the more Budapest co-workers (Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart) fight, the more they fall in love as secret pen pals.

Highlights June 5-11

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Former Game of Thrones actress Oona Chaplin stars as a WWI frontline medic on back-to-back episodes of Crimson Field Sunday 7 pm to 10 pm. While stationed at a tented hospital on the coast of France, Chaplin and a team of doctors, nurses and women volunteers work together to heal the bodies and souls of men wounded on the battlefield.

At 9 pm on Monday, POV Out in the Night tells the story of four women sensationalized by the media. This documentary uncovers the role that race, gender identity and sexuality play in our criminal justice system.

After having survived under a totalitarian regime, Cuban hip-hop duo Krudas Cubensi refuses to compromise. The now Austin based duo, consisting of Odaymara Cuesta and Olivia Prendes, use their art as a weapon “to fight against oppression on Arts in Context at 10 pm.

At 10:30 pm, follow The Art of Architecture as they take viewers on a journey of through the extraordinary history, art and architecture of Houston’s stunning skyline—one of the top 10 tallest in the world.

On Genealogy Roadshow, join genealogists Joshua Taylor, Kenyatta Berry and Mary Tedesco, as they revisit some of their favorite stories from previous seasons. The three guest will also share what has happened since their appearances Tuesday at 7 pm.

In the “War of 1812,” leading historians, battle re-enactors and historic images help bring this defining conflict to life. Watch at 8 pm as they explore this significant event from divergent points of view.

The legal cases challenging the use of race in university admissions continues in Admissions on Trial: Seven Decades of Race and Higher Education at 10 pm. Abigail Fisher, whose case against The University of Texas at Austin was heard by the Supreme Court in 2012, is appealing to that court once more. This update to KLRU’s award-winning documentary, examines the history of this issue, look at the new arguments being made today and discover what might come next.

On Wednesday at 7 pm, follow scientist Paul Sereno, one of the world’s leading experts in finding fossils of dinosaurs and ancient crocodiles, and his team as they discover the last remnants of a people who lived from 10,000 to 5,000 years ago on Skeletons of the Sahara.

And at 8 pm on NOVA Cyberwar Threat, delve into the chilling new reality of cyberwar, in which cyber weapons can inflict physical damage on our factories, power plants and pipelines … leaving us vulnerable to crippling attacks.

The gathering and analyzing of massive amounts of data allow us to address some major challenges, but at what price? Find out on Human Face of Big Data at 9 pm.

Savor songs from Don Henley’s first solo album in 15 years, Cass County, which represents both Henley’s roots and the next stop on his creative journey. Watch on Wednesday and  Friday at 10pm on Austin City Limits.

Kicking of Thursday at 7 pm, Mary Lynn Rajskub sits down on Overheard with Evan Smith. Best known for playing Chloe on Fox’s super‐popular series 24, Rajskub has also appeared on 2 Broke Girls, Californication, Arrested Development, Mr. Show and as a regular panelist on Chelsea Lately.

Three organizations perfecting nontraditional methods to deliver effective mental health care. Watch on Stories of the Mind at 7:30 pm. And at 8 pm on Stories of the Mind, three people with schizophrenia share their powerful stories to challenge perceptions of living with this mental illness.

Join Chet on The Daytripper at 8:30 pm as he travels to a town thriving on the flowing waters of the San Marcos River. He explores the history of Aquarena Springs, tubes with the college students from Texas State University, and takes a stab at whitewater rafting.

The Piano Guys bring their artistry to the stunning Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado for this all-new music special. Watch on Friday at 8 pm on Piano Guys at Red Rocks.

And at 9 pm on Yanni Live at the Pyramids experience the global music phenomenon as he performs fan favorites and new arrangements of his classic compositions in a spectacular setting.

On Saturday at noon, pep up plants with timely pruning on Central Texas Gardener. Visit a family flower farm where bouquets bloom locally. Watch at noon.

And at 7 pm, Austin City Limits showcases modern Americana with the Avett Brothers and Nickel Creek. The Avett Brothers perform tunes from their LP Magpie and the Dandelion, while Nickel Creek highlights their comeback album, A Dotted Line.

 

Explore the Outdoors Green Carnival

KLRU and Mary Jane Sims Early College School worked together this spring to hold their first Green Spring Carnival held on April 16th. The school was recommended to KLRU by Keep Austin Beautiful and has been the recipient of :

  • KAB Clean Creek Campus 2015-2016
  • National Wildlife Foundation Eco-Schools USA 2015-2016
  • KAB Zero Waste Champs 2014-2015
  • KAB Generation Zero Campus 2014-2015.

Fourth grade bilingual teacher, Mr. Scott Mann and his class have been working and educating, class by class, on recycling/composting/reuse in each classroom in their school wing. They plan to increase their work grade by grade in the upcoming school year.

The Green Spring carnival highlighted the work of Mr. Mann’s class along with educating the school community on recycling, composting, and reuse with ecology-mined hands-on activities, a digital scavenger hunt, and resources from community partners: Austin ISD Sustainability Dept., Keep Austin Beautiful, Sustainable Food Center, Austin Resource and Recovery, Austin Parks and Recreation, Girls Scouts, and Boys & Girls Club as well as volunteers from McCallum High School Key Club. KLRU was on hand to help with resources and showcase PBS Kids science apps for parents and kids. Families enjoyed planting perennials in the school’s courtyard made possible by the non-profit group Envision, Design, Create.

Families visited each area: Technology, Gardening, Reduce/ReUse/Recycle to receive a free tomato, pepper or okra plant as well as carrots and turnips to take home. The Sesame Street Food For Thought kit about eating healthy on a budget was given to each family.

KLRU also worked with Lee Lewis Campbell Elementary’s 2nd annual Green Spring Carnival where they had gardening activities, Sesame Street’s Food for Thought kits and veggie giveaways along with showcasing the PBS Kids science apps and FREE app codes.

If your school is interested in having their own Green Spring Carnival, go to Austin ISD’s Sustainability webpage to get started!

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Save the dates: POV preview screenings this summer

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It’s always a sweet deal to get a sneak peak of anything before it hits the mainstream.

That’s why KLRU and the Austin Film Festival are presenting preview screenings and discussions of three POV films scheduled to air later this year on KLRU. Get previews of All the Difference on June 27, Thank You For Playing on July 12 and What Tomorrow Brings on August 2. Each event will take place at 7 pm at the and Google Fiber Space. All screenings are free, but an RSVP is required. Be sure to RSVP for each film you would like to attend.


All the Difference– screening on June 27.

This documentary traces the paths of two African-American teens from the South Side of Chicago who dream of graduating from college. Statistics predict that Robert and Krishaun will drop out of high school, but they have other plans. Oscar®-nominated producer/director Tod Lending’s intimate film, executive produced by author Wes Moore, follows the young men through five years of hard work, sacrifice, setbacks and uncertainty. As they discover, support from family, teachers and mentors makes all the difference in defying the odds. A co-production of American Documentary | POV; Part of American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen, made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.


Thank You For Playing– screening on July 12.

When Ryan Green, a video game programmer, learns that his young son Joel has cancer, he and his wife begin documenting their emotional journey with a poetic video game. Thank You for Playing follows Ryan and his family over two years creating “That Dragon, Cancer,” which evolves from a cathartic exercise into a critically acclaimed work of art that sets the gaming industry abuzz. Lauded as “unimaginably intimate” by The New Yorker, the film is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the unique ways that art and technology can help us share profound experiences. A co-production of American Documentary | POV and ITVS. Official Selection of the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival.


What Tomorrow Brings– screening on August 2.

What Tomorrow Brings goes inside the very first girls’ school in a small Afghan village. Never before have fathers here allowed their daughters to be educated; now Taliban threats heighten their misgivings. From the school’s beginnings in 2009 to its first graduating class in 2015, the film traces the interconnected stories of students, teachers, village elders, parents and school founder Razia Jan. While the girls learn to read and write, their education goes far beyond the classroom as they discover the differences between the lives they were born into and the lives they dream of leading. A co-production of ITVS.

RSVP links coming soon. All screenings will take place at Google Fiber Space 201 Colorado St, Austin, TX 78701. Time for each screening is 7 pm.

New Local Show: Stand Up Empire starts 6/5 on KLRU Q

There is always something new coming out of the woodworks in Austin, Texas. Here at KLRU we’re celebrating this hallmark with a brand new series shot in this beautiful, creative city.

Stand Up Empire chronicles the white-hot stand up comedy scene currently exploding in the “live music capital of the world”. Co-Creators Brently Heilbron & Mike Wilson bring you a mix of intimate interviews and tight stand up comedy sets by Austin’s brightest rising stars. The show will air Sundays on KLRU Q.

Stand Up Empire 6_Saffron HerdonStand Up Empire aims to showcase the household names of the future, as well as document their incredibly diverse backgrounds, their motivations, commitment to comedy, and definitions of success.

Featured in each episode is a segment called “Snapshot” which aims to showcase a unique person, business, organization, or entity, and their connection to the Austin comedy scene. The show is hosted by comedic veteran Brently Heilbron and produced & directed by Austin filmmaker Christopher Shea.

Stand Up Empire 5_Chris CubasEpisode 1- airing Sun. June 5 at 10:30 pm.

Featured comics Chris Cubas & Saffron Herndon, with a Snapshot of Liezta Brass and the Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival.

Episode 2– airing Sun. June 12 at 10:30 pm.

Featured comics Kerry Awn and Kerri Lendo with a Snapshot on Shaun Branigan and the emo puppet band Fragile Rock.

Episode 3– airing Sun. June 19 at 10:30 pm.

Featured comics Rob Gagnon & Lashonda Lester with a Snapshot on cartoonist/artist Danny Jock.

Episode 4– airing Sun. June 26 at 10:30 pm.

Featured comics Martin Urbano & Avery Moore with a Snapshot on the Coldetowne Theatre and the Austin improve scene.

Episode 5– airing July 3 at 10:30 pm.

Featured comics Daniel Rubb Webb & Roxy Castillo with a Snapshot on the live storytelling show Greetings From Queer Mountain.

Stand Up Empire 2_Lisa DelariosEpisode 6– airing July 10 at 10:30 pm.

Featured comics Lisa Delarios & Chip Pope with a Snapshot on Workout with Erica Nix. (Season Finale)

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month 2016

The month of June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month. Here at KLRU, we are celebrating LGBT Pride Month 2016 with a lineup of special programs honoring the legacy of LGBT individuals.

POV “Out in the Night”Monday, June 6 at 9 pm
In 2006, under the neon lights of a gay-friendly neighborhood in New York City, a group of African-American lesbians were violently threatened by a man on the street. The women fought back and were later charged with a gang assault and attempted murder. The media quickly dubbed them as a gang of “Killer Lesbians” and a “Wolf Pack.” Three pleaded guilty to avoid a trial, but the remaining four — Renata, Patreese, Venice and Terrain — maintained their innocence. This film examines the sensational case and the women’s uphill battle, revealing the road that race, gender identity and sexuality play in our criminal justice system.

Arts In Context “Somos Krudas”Monday June 6 at 10 pm.
Having survived under a totalitarian regime, Cuban hip-hop duo Krudas Cubensi refuses to compromise. Lyrically, nothing is off limits as they spit fiery lines about politics and sexuality with a frankness and openness that is seldom seen. The duo, consisting of Odaymara and Olivia Prendes, use their art as a weapon “to fight against oppression, for justice, for balance, for our rights, to celebrate the life.” Now based out of Austin, Texas, Krudas Cubensi continues their fight for social justice through their persistent Afro-Cuban rhythm.

Arvind Airs Thursday, June 16 at 7:30 pm and encores on Tuesday, June 21 at 10:30 pm.
After his mentally ill mother is released from prison, Arvind, a 16-year-old biracial queer in Austin, Texas, revisits old family wounds when he writes and produces a play written from his mother’s perspective. When his relationship with the actress who portrays his mother on stage deepens, it sets Arvind on a course that will change his perception of his father and shatter his preconceptions of who he thought his mother was.

Viciousairs Sunday, June 19 at 7 pm.
This comedic series tells the story of aging partners Freddie (Ian Mckellen) and Stuart (Derek Jacobi), two men who have lived together in their Covent Garden flat for nearly 50 years. Freddie was a budding actor and Stuart worked in a bar when they first met, but their careers are over and their lives now consist of entertaining their frequent guests, making sure that their aged dog Balthazar is still breathing and hurling caustic insults at each other.

We also have some great animations from Story Corps.

Patrick Haggerty grew up the son of a dairy farmer in rural Dry Creek, Washington, during the 1950s. As a teenager, Pat began to understand he was gay—something he thought he was hiding well. But one day, after performing at a school assembly, Pat learned that his father could see him much more clearly than he realized.

On May 25, 1971, Jackie Miller and her husband brought home their son, Scott, whom they adopted. 37 years later, Scott brought his mother to StoryCorps, where they shared a conversation about Jackie’s decision to adopt him, their profound love for one another, and Scott’s trepidation at what the future holds.

Bryan Wilmoth and his seven younger siblings were raised in a strict, religious home. At StoryCorps, Bryan talks with his brother Mike about what it was like to reconnect years after their dad kicked Bryan out for being gay.