Science Night June 24

On this week’s Science Night, we explore the minds of animals and the history of people. NOVA brings you inside the brains of birds to discover if their talents are evidence of high intelligence or the result of training and instinct. And First Peoples explains how diversity was created in humans.

NOVA Inside Animal Minds: Bird Genius at 7 pm
What would it be like to go inside the mind of an animal? The revolutionary science of animal cognition is revealing hard evidence about how animals understand the world around them, uncovering their remarkable problem-solving abilities and exploring the complexity of their powers of communication and even their emotions. Meet a cockatoo with a talent for picking locks; a wild crow on a mission to solve an eight-step puzzle; and a tame raven who can solve a puzzle box so quickly that his performance has to be captured with high-speed photography.

First Peoples Americas/Africa at 8 pm
How closely related were the First Americans and today’s Native Americans? It’s a matter of huge controversy. There are very few other skeletons in the world that engender such strong feelings. Africa – 200,000 years ago, a new species appeared on the African landscape — Homo sapiens. Scientists imagined eastern Africa was a Garden of Eden, but the latest research suggests we evolved in many places across the continent at the same time. DNA from a 19th Century African-American slave is forcing geneticists to re-think the origins of our species.

American Graduate Champion: Doni Whitlow

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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.

doni-whitlowToday’s Champion is Doni Whitlow! Doni is a mother in Richmond, Texas. She has helped her son develop into the player that he has become, on and off the field.

Her son, Markail Caron, says, “Single mothers are some of the strongest people in the world and can even be heroes.”

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: Glenell Bankhead

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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.

glenell-bankheadToday’s Champion is Glenell Bankhead! Glenell is the principal of Neidig Elementary School in Elgin. She motivates the kids to be leaders and to strive for greatness, and she cares for every student in the school, showing love and support for each and every one of them.

Her nominator, Sara Perez, says, “You can see the energy she brings into each project she gives, transferring it to the students. She gives many opportunities for the kids to learn and engage in new ideas and skills.”

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 6/20

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On this week’s Q Night at the Movies, we take a look at monumental moments in 1940s American history. After an all-new On Story, Fat Man & Little Boy and Enola Gay’s Navigator tell different angles to the story of the Hiroshima bombing in 1945. Later, Music Makes a City tells the story of how one Louisville mayor struggled to save his civic orchestra.

On Story Dead Poets Society: Deconstructing the Acclaimed at 7:30 pm
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.

Fat Man & Little Boy at 8 pm
The 1989 film dramatizes the events leading up to the American bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima in August 1945. In the desert of New Mexico, America’s secret effort to build the first nuclear bombs with the potential to end WW II is materializing. Paul Newman stars as General Leslie Groves, the man in charge of the project that will produce two weapons: “Fat Man” and “Little Boy.” Dwight Schultz plays J. Robert Oppenheimer, the scientist attempting to bring themission to fruition. Co-starring Bonnie Bedelia, John Cusack, Laura Dern and Natasha Richardson, this film recreates one of history’s most compelling moments.

Enola Gay’s Navigator: Theodore “Dutch” Van Kirk at 9:59 pm
On Aug. 6, 1945, Van Kirk was the navigator on the first atomic bombing mission during WWII. At 2:30 a.m., the Enola Gay lifted off North Field en route to Hiroshima, Japan. “I knew when we hit the coast of Japan we were well on the way to completing a successful mission and the new bomb we carried would be a great help in shortening the war,” Van Kirk said. At exactly 09:15:15, the world’s first atomic bomb exploded.

Music Makes a City at 11 pm
In the late 1940s, Charles Farnsley, a visionary mayor in Louisville, Kentucky, embarked on an unusual scheme to save the struggling civic orchestra. His ambitious plan to commission and record new music from composers all over the world succeeded beyond all expectations — sparking a torrent of original offerings from both famous and emerging composers of the time. The commissioning project propelled the Louisville Orchestra to Carnegie Hall and international acclaim, and made a lasting contribution to musical history.

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

American Graduate Champion: JP Rodriguez

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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.

jp-rodriguezToday’s Champion is JP Rodriguez! JP has been a volunteer for Communities in Schools in Austin for 19 years. He dedicates one hour a week to meet one-on-one with students to help them succeed in school, graduate from high school and go on to achieve in life.

His nominator, Debra Joiner, says, ”JP’s service exemplifies the Communities In School’s model of bringing the community into the school to surround students with support. As a mentor, JP doesn’t preach to the kids because, he believes, ‘it doesn’t take many words’ to impart his core message: ‘I want to be your friend, and I’m here because I want you to understand that education is important.’”

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.

PBS Online Film Festival 2015: Once Again

PBS has announced the 25 films that will be part of the fourth annual, Webby Award-nominated PBS Online Film Festival on June 15 – July 17, 2015. Austin filmmakers Ivete Lucas, John Spotswood Moore and Sai Selvarajan are among those featured in this year’s Festival for their films “Ex-Votos,” “Once Again” and “Sugarless Tea.”

Once Again
In the early nineties, OCD was thought to be a behavioral, almost psychotic disorder. 20 years after his diagnosis, filmmaker John Moore weaves together home movies, animation and live action footage to recall and recreate his childhood struggles with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in his documentary, “Once Again.”

This personal documentary offers a subjective view of torture and triumph and gives viewers Moore’s individualized look at his youth coping with OCD through cognitive behavioral therapy.

About John Spottswood Moore
Moore is a multi-award winning writer and director. While studying for a BA in Film from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, his debut film, ”Lemonade Stand,” won multiple awards. Since then, he has worked in both radio and television in various creative positions.  In 2012, Moore received an MFA in Film Directing from the University of Texas at Austin. His four graduate films have continued to play in festivals and win various accolades.

“Once Again” made its debut at the Austin International Film Festival and has been awarded a Barbara Jones Media Award and Excellence Award from the Superfest Film Festival.  Moore currently works as a contract film and video editor and is in production on his first feature documentary, “When We Were Live.”

Don’t forget to vote until July 17th for “Once Again” or any of the three Austin films as the “People’s Choice Award” winner! You can vote for each film every 24 hours.

PBS Online Film Festival 2015: Ex-Votos

PBS has announced the 25 films that will be part of the fourth annual, Webby Award-nominated PBS Online Film Festival on June 15 – July 17, 2015. Austin filmmakers Ivete Lucas, John Spotswood Moore and Sai Selvarajan are among those featured in this year’s Festival for their films “Ex-Votos,” “Once Again” and “Sugarless Tea.”

Ex-Votos
After experiencing a shootout in her neighborhood, Anayansi, a pregnant teenager, fears that she will lose her child. Hoping for a miracle, her mother takes her on a pilgrimage to the festival of Saint Francis in Real de Catorce, San Luis Potosí, Mexico. As their journey merges with thousands of travelers from across Mexico, they must face the reality of her condition and escape the confines of tradition if she is to survive. When Anayansi’s water breaks, the community calls on the Marakame, an honored member of the town revered for his ability to communicate with the forces of nature and the ancient spirits, to help.

About Ivete Lucas
Lucas was born in Brazil and grew up in Mexico. At age 22, she received a grant from the Mexican Film Institute to direct her first short film “ASMA,” which was shortlisted for the Mexican Academy Awards. Since then, she has produced and directed a number of award-winning short films and documentaries. She is currently producing a feature film for artist Keren Cytter and finishing post-production on her first feature documentary “Vietnam Appreciation Day,” which she co-directed with her husband, Patrick Bresnan.

Don’t forget to vote until July 17th for “Ex-Votos” or any of the three Austin films as the “People’s Choice Award” winner! You can vote for each film every 24 hours.

PBS Online Film Festival 2015: Sugarless Tea

PBS has announced the 25 films that will be part of the fourth annual, Webby Award-nominated PBS Online Film Festival on June 15 – July 17, 2015. Austin filmmakers Ivete Lucas, John Spotswood Moore and Sai Selvarajan are among those featured in this year’s Festival for their films “Ex-Votos,” “Once Again” and “Sugarless Tea.”

Sugarless Tea
This short film takes viewers on a journey to India and Queens, NY, in a tale of separated brothers, chance meetings and identity. Sugarless Tea features watercolors paintings filmed using a stop motion technique that evokes travelogues and bedtime stories, and highlights the process of painting itself.

Narrated by Hari Kondabolu, the Queens-raised comic who the NY Times has called “one of the most exciting political comics in stand-up today,” “Sugarless Tea” tells the story of how one man living in India drinks his tea without sugar to fund a trip to the United States and visit his twin brother who was adopted 54 years earlier.

About Sai Selvarajan
Selvarajan was born in Sri-Lanka on a Wednesday night during a coup d’etat. He grew up in Nigeria playing soccer and eating bananas. As a child, Sai spent his holidays traveling with his family through Europe, India, and Sri-Lanka. His family moved to Dallas when he was nine. It was at this point that he fell in love with Texans and American pop culture. The moving image is the medium in which Sai communicates with the world. He brings a fierce passion for storytelling, coupled with great design acumen, resulting in stylistically intense pieces that linger through their emotional resonance. He spends his days at Lucky Post perfecting the American television commercial and his nights dancing to records with his wife and daughter.

Don’t forget to vote until July 17th for “Sugarless Tea” or any of the three Austin films as the “People’s Choice Award” winner! You can vote for each film every 24 hours.

American Graduate Champion: Dr. Sterling Lands II

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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.

sterling-landsToday’s Champion is Dr. Sterling Lands II! Sterling is an archbishop, teacher, motivator and role model. He spreads the Word of God and teaches others about improving our modern society.

His nominator, Reginald Shawn Terrell, Jr., says, “This man has made a significant difference in his daily life. Ever since he founded the Greater Calvary Bible Church, he created a change for many African American families and communities. He even obtained numerous awards from many people such as the mayor of Austin, AISD, and many others. To this day, he is changing the world for how it is to benefit society.”

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: Maria Martin Del Campo

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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.

maria-campoToday’s Champion is Maria Martin Del Campo! Maria is a Spanish teacher at LBJ Early College High School. She works hard with her students every day to ensure their success.

Cesar Alonso, a student at LBJ High School, says, “She motivates us even in the small things she does. For example, by just asking us how our day is going.”

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.