AISD Awards Belated Diplomas to War Veterans

It’s a graduation that’s been years in the making.  On Veterans Day, the Austin Independent School District awarded 11 veterans with diplomas from their respective high schools.  It’s a ceremony that AISD has held since 2002, offering veterans who did not finish high school and who served in any formally declared war or military engagement a chance to don the cap and gown.  For some, it’s a chance they’ve waited years to take.

“It’s something I’ve always wanted,” said Air Force veteran Doyle Hobbs.  ”It seemed like a gift from heaven.”

“I completed my G.E.D.,” recalled U.S. Military veteran Eugenio Gaona.  ”But I always wished I could get it converted so I could have a diploma from my hometown.  Now I’m happy. I have a high school diploma from my high school.”

Click here for more information on the AISD Diploma Award Ceremony and eligibility requirements.

KLRU News Briefs air locally every Saturday and Sunday evening during PBS NewsHour Weekend. 

 

Science Night November 19

Entertaining science only on KLRU every Wednesday evening starting at 7!

Starting the night off is a Nature special: A remarkable new story is unfolding in the Arctic, one that has never been told before. In the last few years, scientists have started noting an ever-growing number of killer whales in Arctic waters in the summer months. More and more have been attracted to these huge hunting grounds by the growing expanses of open water. And they are attacking exactly the same prey animals as the polar bears: seals, narwhal, belugas and bowhead whales.

On NOVA at 8 pm, in less than two minutes in March, a one-square-mile field of debris slammed into the Washington state community of Oso, killing 41 and destroying nearly 50 homes. Drawing on analysis of other recent landslides around the world, geologists are investigating what triggered the deadliest U.S. landslide in decades and whether climate change is increasing the risk of similar disasters around the globe.

On November 11, billions of kilometers from Earth, a spacecraft orbiter and lander will do what no other has dared to attempt: land on the volatile surface of a comet as it zooms around the sun at 67, 000 km/hr. If successful, it could help peer into our past and unlock secrets of our origins on To Catch a Comet at 9 pm.

Explore history on KLRU Q 11/16

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KLRU-Q brings you a day of educational and entertaining programs on Sunday! If you’re interested in war history, this day is for you. Here’s what the schedule looks like:

2 pm: Somme-From Defeat to Victory explores the bloodiest day in British military history.

3 pm: History Project: The Art of War shows how the First World War transformed the world of art and changed the way images of war are portrayed.

3:50 pm: Hindenburg and Hitler – The Making of a Fuhrer chronicles the political career of World War I hero Paul von Hindenburg, Germany’s chancellor from 1925 to 1934.

4:45 pm: Blitz: London’s Longest Night follows the events of one night in the Blitz of 1940 when London was subjected to the most ferocious and terrifying attack of the war; 24,000 firebombs were dropped on the city, 45 tons of explosives.

6:15 pm: Battle of Britain: The Real Story looks at the giant clash between two nations, examining how both countries used their resources during the Battle of Britain: from aircraft to air defense, and from intelligence to organization.

7:15 pm: In Greatest Raid of World War II, former member of the Special Boat Service turned politician Lord Ashdown uses his experience to shed light on the challenges faced by the ‘Cockleshell Heroes’, recreating their incredible journey up the Gironde estuary.

8:10 pm: Shot Down: Escaping Nazi Europe tells the astonishing and emotional stories of three Royal Airforce (RAF) pilots who survived being stranded behind enemy lines and the remarkable resistance fighters, some of them young French women, who helped save their lives and smuggle them out.

8:55 pm: At the outbreak of World War II, the only heavy four engined bombers in the war were either Russian or American. Learn more about the aircrafts of World War II on Weapons of World War II | Heavy Bombers.

9:20 pm: Colditz the Legend takes a fresh look at the legendary escapes, featuring stories from both Colditz survivors and their extended families.

10:05 pm: History Project | Hitler’s Lost Soldier is the story of Georg Gaertner is that of America’s most wanted man.

11:00 pm: Country superstar Eric Church performs tunes from his hit album The Outsiders on Austin City Limits.

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

Highlights November 16-22

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Your favorites The Paradise, Season 2-Part 8, Worricker and DCI Banks air Sunday starting at 7 pm.

Two episodes of the Antiques Roadshow begin at 7 pm on Monday. They head to Miami Beach, Florida and Madison, Wisconsin.

Independent Lens Monday at 9 pm travels to Laya to visit Pyanki, a nine-year-old monk. They document Pyanki’s experiences when he receives electricity and television for the first time.

LaDonna Harries: Indian 101 Monday at 10 pm profiles Comanche political and social activist LaDonna Harris.

Finding Your Roots “Ancient Roots” Tuesday at 7 pm traces the family histories of three quintessential voices in American life.

Revisit one of the most bizarre episodes in the annals of modern history – the unprecedented barnstorming across America by Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev on Cold War Roadshow: American Experience Tuesday at 8 pm.

Frontline Tuesday at 9 pm and ProPublica investigate the relationship between Firestone and the infamous Liberian warlord Charles Taylor.

In the last few years, scientists have started noting an ever-growing number of killer whales in Arctic waters in the summer months. Nature  Invasion of the Killer Whales investigates Wednesday at 7 pm.

On NOVA  Killer Landslides Wednesday at 8 pm, geologists are investigating what triggered the deadliest U.S. landslide in decades and whether climate change is increasing the risk of similar disasters around the globe.

On November 11, billions of kilometers from Earth, a spacecraft orbiter and lander will do what no other has dared to attempt: land on the volatile surface of a comet as it zooms around the sun at 67, 000 km/hr on To Catch a Comet Wednesday at 9 pm.

Nicholas Kristof, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner and columnist for The New York Times, joins Evan Smith on Overheard Thursday at 7 pm.

Beginning at 7:30 pm on Thursday, runoff candidates for Austin City Council District 6, 7, 8 and 10 sit down for a conversation about leadership on Civic Summit.

Don’t miss this week’s news conversation on Washington Week and Moyers and Company Friday at 7 pm.

Runoff candidates for Austin Mayor sit down for a conversation about leadership on Civic Summit Friday at 8 pm.

One of musical theater’s biggest blockbusters, Cats, returns to Great Performances Friday at 9 pm for an encore presentation.

ACL Presents Saturday at 7 pm shows highlights from the 2014 Americana Music Festival, recorded in Nashville.

Agatha Christie’s-Poirot and Father Brown begin at 8 pm on Saturday.

 

Voyage through history with KLRU Q 11/13

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Take a voyage through history with KLRU-Q Thursday evening.

8 pm: Somme-From Defeat to Victory explores the bloodiest day in British military history.

9 pm: History Project: The Art of War shows how the First World War transformed the world of art and changed the way images of war are portrayed.

10 pm: Hindenburg and Hitler – The Making of a Fuhrer chronicles the political career of World War I hero Paul von Hindenburg, Germany’s chancellor from 1925 to 1934.

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

Giveaway: Rick Steves at The Paramount 12/3

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Rick Steves is coming to Austin! and our friends at The Paramount have given KLRU a few passes to his talk to give to our fans. Email giveaways@klru.org by Wednesday, November 19th, with your request. We will randomly choose winners from those who email by the deadline. Winners will be notified by email.

Rick StevesRICK STEVES
Wednesday, December 3rd
Doors @ 7:00pm | Show @ 8:00pm
The Paramount Theatre
Buy tickets now

Guidebook author and travel TV host Rick Steves is America’s most respected authority on European travel. Producer of more than 50 guidebooks, host of America’s most popular travel series on public television as well as a weekly hour-long national public radio show and a weekly syndicated column, Rick is an enthusiastic and prolific speaker that will both inform and entertain.

Natural adventure with KLRU Q 11/14

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Go on a nature adventure with KLRU-Q Friday evening. Follow a penguin and explore deserts!

8 pm: Wild! | Penguins Under Siege is one penguin’s dramatic story of life and death, set against the backdrop of one of the harshest coastlines in the world, the Skeleton Coast of South Western Africa.

9 pm: At 130 million years old, the Namib Desert stretches 1200 miles in length along the coastline with the highest dunes in the world. Explore the desert on The Namib Desert: The World’s Oldest Desert.

10 pm: Southwestern Gems: Our Desert National Parks showcases the top national parks, monuments, preserves and historic sites within the four major North American deserts.

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

Q Night at the Movies November 15

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Grab some popcorn and join KLRU Q for Movie Night this Saturday! The feature film this week is The Big Sleep starring Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Martha Vickers. In the movie, Raymond Chandler’s private eye Philip Marlowe follows two wealthy sisters through a maze of murders.

The movie starts at 8 pm, but KLRU Q provides additional film-related entertainment beforehand that you won’t want to miss. Beginning at 7 pm on Arts in Context, the late artist, writer, cowboy sage, and visionary A Kelly Pruitt is honored in Presidio County, Texas. Pruitt was a highly acclaimed West Texas artist, listed as one of Texas Monthly’s “People We’ll Miss–2009,” second only to Walter Cronkite. SInce Pruitt’s death, influential artists, architects and entrepreneurs has traveled to the City of Presidio in the Chihuahuan Desert of Texas to honor Pruitt’s vision of La Junta Heritage Center through conservation, agriculture and cultural preservation.

At 7:30 pm in On Story, the Clint Eastwood/David Peoples classic Unforgiven is deconstructed by Into the West’s Kirk Ellis and Apaloosa’s Robert Knott as they explore its gritty action, ambiguous morality, and the tried-and-true tropes of its genre. Christian Baker’s short film, The Well, follows suit, trailing a young Civil War soldier stationed alone on the US/Mexico faced with nothing but his own demons.

Watch movies every Saturday starting at 7:30 pm only on KLRU Q!

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

KLRU-Q is all about food 11/12

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Don’t miss KLRU-Q’s programs on Wednesday (11/12) evening! Here’s the line-up:

8 pm: On Globe Trekker Food Hour, Bobby samples oysters in Galway, fishes for salmon in Connemara, plays a tune or two with The Chieftains in Westport, visits the Nenagh Agricultural Show, judges a baking competition in Tipperary and learns the history of Guinness in Dublin.

9 pm: Wisconsin Supper Clubs: An Old Fashioned Experience shows why supper clubs are such a big part of Wisconsin’s food culture and the full experience of supper club dining: a brandy old fashioned sweet at the bar, relish trays at the table, huge portions of steaks, seafood and game, and the friendly, loyal customers who have been dining at their favorite places for so many years.

10 pm: The Maryland Harvest is a delicious documentary about farms, farmers, and the chefs who love them!

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