In the Studio: Overheard tapes Kara Swisher 4/16

Overheard_Announcement

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Kara Swisher on April 16 at 3:45pm in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 3:15pm. The event is free but an RSVP is required. Please complete the form here to RSVP.

Kara Swisher is the Executive Editor of Re/code, Host of the Re/code Decode podcast and Executive Producer of the Code Conference, which brings together technology influencers and CEOs. Swisher has been covering technology and digital issues since 1997 when she was a reporter in the Wall Street Journal’s San Francisco bureau. She’s been called Silicon Valley’s “most feared and well-liked” journalist and the region’s “most powerful snoop.” Swisher is in Austin to keynote the International Symposium on Online Journalism at UT.
Saturday, April 16 at 3:45pm
KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
Doors at 3:15pm
RSVP

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith continues a 6th season of interviews featuring engaging conversations with fascinating people. The show airs on PBS stations nationally and presents a wide range of thoughtmakers and tastemakers from the fields of politics, journalism, business, arts, sports and more. Please join us and be part of the studio audience at this taping with Kara Swisher. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at klru.org/overheard

PBS KIDS Earth Month Takes On Austin!

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KLRU and PBS KIDS are springing into Earth Month with the annual Explore the Outdoors initiative, encouraging families to get outside and explore nature.The adventure begins on April 11 with brand-new episodes of READY JET GO! Then, on April 25, we kick off an all-new week of WILD KRATTS and NATURE CAT, including the 100th episode of WILD KRATTS!

KLRU received an Explore the Outdoors grant from PBS Kids to host events in our area in celebration of Earth Month and encourage kids and families to get outdoors, learn and explore nature. We have partnered with Sims and Campbell Elementary along with many other agencies (KAB, SFC, PARD, Austin Resource & Recovery, B&GC’s of Austin, local Girl Scouts group) to hold a Green Spring Festival at each school. Each school will have gardening, recycling, STEM activities and much more to celebrate their movement toward  the Austin’s Zero Waste goal. The Green Spring Festivals will be April 16th at Sims Elementary & April 23rd at Campbell Elementary.

Q Night At The Movies 4/9: Sense and Sensibility & More

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This week, Q Night at the Movies is a must watch for lovers of the English language. The night begins with back to back episodes of Variety, speaking with stars from some of today’s best television shows. Then, On Story breaks down the classic movie, Dead Poet’s Society, with its writer Tom Schulman. Ending the night is the film adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel, Sense and Sensibility.

Variety Episode #201 at 5:30 p.m.
Exclusive conversations between some of the most exciting actors working today. Featuring Julia Louis Dreyfus (Veep) with Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent), Queen Latifah (Bessie) with Taraji P. Henson (Empire), Jessica Lange (American Horror Story), with Taylor Schilling (Orange is the New Black), Liev Schrieber (Ray Donovan) with Maggie Gyllenhaal (An Honorable Woman), Michael Sheen (Masters of Sex) with Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul).

Variety Episode #202 at 6:29 p.m.
An intimate conversation between some of the greatest actors working today. Featuring Claire Danes (Homeland) with Don Cheadle (House of Lies), Matt LeBlanc (Episodes) with Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family), Clive Owen (The Knick) with Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife), Viola Davis (How to Get Away with Murder) with Jane Fonda (Grace and Frankie), Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin) with Uzo Aduba (Orange is the New Black).

On Story Dead Poets Society: Deconstructing the Acclaimed Classic at 7:30 p.m.
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.

All-star Film Collection Sense and Sensibility at 8 p.m.
Suitors romance, then abandon, sisters (Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet) left destitute by their father’s death in late-1800s England.

Science Night 4/13

Science Night explores the the brain this week. But first at 7 p.m., learn about Asia’s last wild lions. Then at 8 p.m., watch scientists attempt to figure out the cause of Alzheimer’s. Finally at 9 p.m., figure out different ways we might be able to combat mental illness by looking at a bipolar brain.

Nature India’s Wandering Lions at 7 p.m.
Witness the incredible story of Asia’s last wild lions, once on the brink of extinction, but who now live dangerously close to the villagers of India.

NOVA Can Alzheimer’s Be Stopped? at 8 p.m.
Alzheimer’s ravages the minds of over 40 million victims worldwide. Join scientists as they untangle the cause of this tragic illness and go behind the scenes of major drug trials to discover the therapies that may slow and even prevent the disease.

Ride The Tiger at 9 p.m.
Search the bipolar brain to find out where the biological and chemical breakdowns occur and how we may be able to pre-empt disorders and fix or rewire our brains. Learn if new treatments can lead to advances in other areas of mental illness as well.

Highlights April 10-16

KLRU Highlights

Sunday at 7 p.m., Barbara is caught between a stressed expectant mother and her impecunious husband on Call the Midwife Episode #502. Sister Evangeline’s vocal objection to the sale of baby formula distresses a new mother who’s unable to breastfeed.

On Grantchester Season 2 On Masterpiece Episode 3, Sidney and Geordie answer a false alarm, which turns into a real murder investigation. Amanda gets into trouble. Things get more serious with Margaret Sunday at 8 p.m.

Sunday at 9p.m., Frank turns into prey at a swank junket for the press on Mr. Selfridge Season 4 On Masterpiece Episode 3. Josie arrives to console Grove. Harry faces a choice: settle a gambling debt or bankroll the Dolly twins’ dream job.

In the inspiring documentary, Jackie Robinson Part 1, Robinson rises from humble origins to integrate Major League Baseball, performing brilliantly despite the threats and abuse he faces on and off the field and, in the process, challenges the prejudiced notions of what a black man can achieve Monday and Friday at 8 p.m.

Austin Revealed Civil Rights Stories interviews prominent Austin citizens about their experience during Austin’s civil rights period, the effect of segregation and what gentrification has meant to the city Monday at 10 p.m.

On Arts in Content Masters of Ceremony, Riders Against The Storm build a community around a love of hip-hop and healing. Their bombastic music leads the charge as they seek to enlighten their audiences. This husband and wife duo envision themselves not as mere performers but as a vehicle for connection Monday at 10:30 p.m.

Tuesday at 7 p.m. and Thursday at 9 p.m., explore the serene spaces that offer city dwellers a respite from the hustle and bustle of urban life, from Savannah’s elegant squares to a park built over a freeway in Seattle to New York’s High Line on 10 Parks That Changed America.

Tuesday at 8 p.m. on Jackie Robinson Part Two, Robinson uses his fame to speak out against injustice, alienating many who had once lauded him for “turning the other cheek.” After baseball, he seeks ways to fight inequality, but as he faces a crippling illness, he struggles to remain relevant.

Tomlinson Hill documents how the legacy of slavery in east and central Texas has created a region still divided despite the civil rights changes of the last 60 years Tuesday at 10 p.m. Reporter Chris Tomlinson, a descendant of slave owner James K. Tomlinson, confronts the shame and guilt he feels from his ancestry and digs deeper into the real legacy of the area.

Wednesday at 7 p.m., witness the incredible story of Asia’s last wild lions on Nature India’s Wandering Lions. Once on the brink of extinction, these lions now live dangerously close to the villagers of India.

Alzheimer’s ravages the minds of over 40 million victims worldwide. Wednesday at 8 p.m., join scientists on NOVA Can Alzheimer’s Be Stopped? as they untangle the cause of this tragic illness and go behind the scenes of major drug trials to discover the therapies that may slow and even prevent the disease.

Wednesday at 9 p.m., search the bipolar brain to find out where the biological and chemical breakdowns occur and how we may be able to pre-empt disorders and fix or rewire our brains on Ride The Tiger. Learn if new treatments can lead to advances in other areas of mental illness as well.

On Austin City Limits Nine Inch Nails, this rock band makes a rare television appearance, taking the ACL stage in an hour-long performance of tracks from the latest album, Hesitation Marks. Don’t miss it Wednesday and Friday at 10 p.m.!

Overheard with Evan Smith Richard Linklater, Filmmaker features a director whose film, Boyhood, was nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Film Editing Thursday at 7 p.m. Linklater’s newest film, Everybody Wants Some, is in theaters April 2016.

On Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Cactus Jack: Lone Star on Capitol Hill reveals the rollicking saga of one of the most powerful but often forgotten figures in U.S. history-John Nance “Cactus Jack” Garner (1868-1967). The program charts Garner’s extraordinary life, from his humble roots in Blossom Prairie, Texas, to his 38-year tenure on Capitol Hill where he wielded power as Speaker of the House during the darkest days of the Great Depression.

Thursday at 8:30 p.m., Chet goes fishing on Lake Fork, one of the most-famous big bass lakes in Texas, on The Daytripper Sulphur Springs, Texas. He visits a historic square with a see-through public restroom and then explores a museum dedicated to the dairy business.

On Austin City Limits Tweedy, songwriter Jeff Tweedy is joined by his son Spencer and members of the band Lucius for songs from Sukierae Saturday at 7 p.m.

Indie Lens Pop-Up The Armor Of Light 5/3

Join KLRU and the Austin Public Library for the Indie Lens Pop-Up screening of the documentary The Armor Of Light. This free event takes place Tuesday, May 3rd, at 7 p.m. at the Austin Public Library Windsor Park Branch 5833 Westminster Dr., Austin, TX, 78723.

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Two people of faith come together to explore the contradictions of a nation rife with gun violence: a famously anti-abortion evangelical minister risks losing followers when he questions the morality of gun ownership, while a grieving mother dedicates herself to creating change after the shooting of her unarmed teenage son.

Formerly known as Community Cinema, the long-running screening series has been renamed Indie Lens Pop-Up to strengthen the bond between the Independent Lens television series and local communities, and bring new energy and new audiences to the in-person events as well as online OVEE events and the broadcasts on KLRU. Over the past decade, screenings of Independent Lens films have brought more than 331,000 participants together at over 5,700 events to discuss issues that impact local communities.

KLRU Celebrates Earth Month!

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Here at KLRU, we love our planet and proudly celebrate Earth Day. With it coming up on April 22nd, what better way to pay tribute to our big blue planet than to air programs that embrace nature and shed light on problems the Earth currently faces?

On April 21, Arts In Context Thirst explores an art installation that takes on the pressing issue of water shortages and challenges the community to action at 7:30 p.m. Presented by the Center For Women & Their Work, Thirst memorializes the loss of over 300 million trees that died in the Texas in the drought of 2011.

From April 25-30 at 8 p.m., the miniseries, National Parks: America’s Best Idea, will chronologically work its way through the history of the creation of our national parks.

On April 25, National Parks: America’s Best Idea The Scripture Of Nature (1851-1890) tells how the astonishing beauty of Yosemite Valley and the geyser wonderland of Yellowstone give birth to the radical idea of creating national parks for the enjoyment of everyone; John Muir becomes their eloquent defender. In addition, Symphony of the Soil artistically explores the miraculous substance soil at 10 p.m.

April 26 brings National Parks: America’s Best Idea The Last Refuge (1890-1915), which discusses how a young president, Theodore Roosevelt, becomes one of the national parks’ greatest champions; in Yellowstone, a magnificent species is rescued from extinction; and in Yosemite, John Muir fights the battle of his life to save a beautiful valley. But before that, at 7 p.m. National Parks of Texas: In Contact With Beauty shares how these parks were created and reveals the secrets they hold.

National Parks: America’s Best Idea The Empire Of Grandeur (1915-1919) airs April 27. In John Muir’s absence, a new leader steps forward on behalf of America’s remaining pristine places; a new federal agency is created to protect the parks; and in Arizona, a fight breaks out over the fate of the grandest canyon on earth.

On April 28, National Parks: America’s Best Idea Going Home (1920-1933) tells the story of a Nebraska housewife who searches for peace and inspiration in park after park, while a honeymoon couple seeks fame and adventure in the Grand Canyon; and the future of the Great Smoky Mountains becomes caught in a race with the lumbermen’s saws.

National Parks: America’s Best Idea Great Nature (1933-1945) explains that in the midst of an economic catastrophe and then a world war, the national parks provide a source of much-needed jobs and then much-needed peace on April 29; the park idea changes to include new places and new ways of thinking; and in Wyoming, battle lines are drawn along the front of the Teton Range.

A stubborn iconoclast fights a lonely battle on behalf of a species nearly everyone hates on National Parks: America’s Best Idea The Morning Of Creation (1946-1980) on April 30.  America’s “Last Frontier” becomes a testing ground for the future of the park idea; and in unprecedented numbers, American families create unforgettable memories, passing on a love of the parks to the next generation.

KLRU Q also crafted some of their April programming in honor of our planet.

On April 15, Q starts the night off with Big Burn: American Experience at 8 p.m. This one-hour special highlights the hundreds of wildfires that raged across the Northern Rockies during the summer of 1910. Then at 9 p.m., America’s First Forest: Carl Schenck And The Ashtev examines the pivotal role played by pioneering forestry educator Carl Schenck and his founding of America’s first school of forestry-the Biltmore Forest School. To finish the night off, Jens Jensen The Living Green profiles the unsung pioneering landscape architect who became one of America’s most influential urban designers and early conservationists at 10 p.m.

Then on Earth Day itself, April 22, experience the battle for a living planet in the first big-picture exploration of the environmental movement, spanning 50 years of grassroots and global activism on American Masters A Fierce Green Fire at 8 p.m. After that, Green Fire: Aldo Leopold And A Land Ethic For Our Time highlights Aldo Leopold’s extraordinary career as an environmentalist, tracing how he shaped and influenced the modern environmental movement. Finally, Symphony of the Soil artistically explores the miraculous substance soil at 10 p.m.

Highlights April 3-9

KLRU Highlights

Sunday at 7 p.m. on Call the Midwife Episode #501, witness a couple’s disagreement over the future of their child, born without arms and legs. Patsy, elated to find Delia fully recovered from her accident, is dismayed to learn that Delia’s mother wants her to move back home to Wales.

On Grantchester Season 2 On Masterpiece Episode 2, a professor dies in a suspicious fall and a government agent warns Geordie to back off the case. Meanwhile, Sidney is warned off an old flame, but finds a new prospects Sunday at 8 p.m.

To Gordon’s horror, Harry and Jimmy make a high-risk deal on Mr. Selfridge Season 4 On Masterpiece Episode 2. Meanwhile, Harry courts one of the Dolly twins, Jimmy courts Mae and Elizabeth Arden courts Kitty Sunday at 9 p.m.

Monday at 7 p.m., discover hidden treasures in Tucson, such as a Jackie Robinson archive from around 1938, a 1960 GMT Master model Rolex with the original box and papers, and diamond and onyx jewelry, ca. 1920 on Antiques Roadshow Tucson, Hour Two. Can you guess the top find of the night?

On Antique Roadshow Detroit, Hour One, host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Laura Woolley head to the Motown Museum to discuss memorabilia that hits a high note with collectors Monday at 8 p.m.

Independent Lens Welcome To Leith chronicles the attempted takeover of a small North Dakota town by a notorious white supremacist Craig Cobb and his followers Monday at 9 p.m. As their behavior becomes more threatening, tensions soar, and the longtime Leith residents desperately look for ways to expel their unwanted neighbors.

Tuesday at 7 p.m. and Thursday at 9 p.m. on 10 Homes That Changed America, visit homes that transformed residential living, from grand estates like Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater to the pueblos of Taos, New Mexico, and the tenements of 19th-century New York.

On Secrets Of Saint John Paul, examine previously unknown correspondence between Pope John Paul II, now a saint, and an American woman Tuesday at 8 p.m. Through hundreds of letters, a deep relationship begun between then-cardinal Wojtyla and Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka continued after he became pope.

Frontline Putin’s Way investigates the accusations of criminality and corruption that have surrounded Vladimir Putin’s reign in Russia. Tracing his career back over two decades, Putin’s Way reveals how the accumulation of wealth and power has led to autocratic rule and the specter of a new Cold War Tuesday at 9 p.m.

Arts In Context Watch Out Of Your Head will take viewers inside the booming improv comedy scene of Austin, Texas where entertainers are turning heads all across the nation. Tuesday at 10:30 p.m., the episode will bring insight into how this citywide movement got its start as well as the many factors that have influenced its incredible rebirth.

Nature Saving Otter 501 is the story of the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s 501st attempt to save an orphan otter. From her discovery as a stranded, newborn pup crying on the beach through her rehabilitation in secret roof tanks atop the Aquarium, Nature follows as Otter 501 learns how to dive, hunt, eat, and fend for herself in the wild Wednesday at 7 p.m.

They were pioneering warriors, expert seafarers and colonists of the North Atlantic realm. The Vikings even claimed in their sagas to have reached America. On NOVA Vikings Unearthed, Dr. Sarah Parcak uncovers new clues about their legendary expeditions and settlements Wednesday at 8 p.m.

Wednesday and Friday at 10 p.m. on Austin City Limits Beck, the genre-hopping singer/songwriter plays songs from his album Morning Phase and some of his greatest hits.

On Thursday at 7 p.m., Overheard with Evan Smith has historical documentary filmmaker, Ken Burns, on as a guest. Many of his films and series have appeared on PBS. The next one, Jackie Robinson will air on PBS April 11 and 12.

DeBakey is an inspiring documentary about the life of famed heart surgeon Michael E. DeBakey, produced by Dr. Tony Herring, a student of DeBakey’s in the 1960’s. Through his rare interviews with Dr. DeBakey, he takes viewers on a journey to learn about the incredible life and career of his mentor and teacher Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

On The Daytripper Balmorhea, Texas, Chet heads to the desert to go swimming and SCUBA diving in a spring-fed pool. He eats homemade gas-station burritos and authentic West-Texas tacos. Finally, he goes rock hunting for some of the area’s famous blue agate Thursday at 8:30 p.m.

Friday at 8 p.m. on All ATX: A Celebration Of Austin Musicians, the best of Austin musicians perform in celebration of the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians. Featuring Christopher Cross, Jimmie Vaughan and Lou Ann Barton, Eric Johnson, Charlie and Will Sexton, Marcia Ball, Van Wilks and Malford Milligan, Carolyn Wonderland and Guy Forsyth, Monte Montgomery, Shake Russell, Quiet Company, Suzanna Choffel and the All ATX bands.

Road to Austin is a legendary concert assembled by musical director, Stephen Bruton. The finale features Kris Kristofferson and the entire cast performing “Me and Bobby McGee Friday at 9 p.m.

On Austin City Limits Nine Inch Nails, the band makes a rare television appearance, taking the ACL stage in an hour-long performance of tracks from the latest album, Hesitation Marks Saturday at 7 p.m.

Science Night 4/6

This week, Science Night explores the journey of survival. At 7 p.m., Nature tells the story of Monterey Bay Aquarium’s attempt to save a stranded, newborn otter. Then at 8 p.m., NOVA examines the details of the Vikings’ explorations and conquests.

Nature Saving Otter 501 at 7 p.m
This is the story of the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s 501st attempt to save an orphan otter. From her discovery as a stranded, newborn pup crying on the beach through her rehabilitation in secret roof tanks atop the Aquarium, Nature follows as Otter 501 learns how to dive, hunt, eat, and fend for herself in the wild.

NOVA Vikings Unearthed at 8 p.m.
They were pioneering warriors, expert seafarers and colonists of the North Atlantic realm. The Vikings even claimed in their sagas to have reached America. Now, Dr. Sarah Parcak uncovers new clues about their legendary expeditions and settlements.

Jackie Robinson screening at Huston-Tillotson 4/12

Join KLRU and Huston-Tillotson University for a preview screening and discussion of Ken Burns’ new film Jackie Robinson. Examine the life and times of this baseball legend and how his life-long battle for first class citizenship for all African Americans transcends even his remarkable athletic achievements.

Tuesday, April 12
Film begins at 6 pm
King-Seabrook Chapel on the Huston-Tillotson University Campus
900 Chicon St. Austin, TX 78702 (map)
This community event is free but an RSVP is required.  RSVP now