In the Studio: Gwynne tapes Overheard 2/10

Overheard taping announcement

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with S. C. Gwynne! DATE: February 10
TIME: 10:30am (Doors open at 10 am) 

LOCATION: KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). 
RSVP: The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP NOW 

S. C. Gwynne is a best-selling author and journalist, whose most recent book Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson is a finalist for the 2014 National Book Critics Circle Award. His 2010 book, Empire of the Summer Moon, was a New York Times best-seller and a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. It won the Texas Book Award and the Oklahoma Book Award. His other titles are Selling Money andOutlaw Bank. For the last 14 years Gwynne has written for Texas Monthly magazine.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith continues a fifth 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 S.C. Gwynne. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at klru.org/overheard.

Q Night at the Movies 2/7

Q Night at the Movies adds two new shows to the lineup this week! Go inside the biggest Hollywood films of the past year through candid conversations with today’s hottest actors on Variety Studio: Actors on Actors.  Ain’t It Cool with Harry Knowles is a spinoff of host Knowles’ hugely popular website, aintitcool.com, an inventive and visual romp-through of some of the favorite films and genres.

Variety Studio: Actors on Actors at 6:30 pm
Exclusive conversations between some of the most exciting actors working today. Featuring Benedict Cumberbatch “The Imitation Game” and Edward Norton “Birdman”, Jake Gyllenhaal “Nightcrawler” and Patricia Arquette “Boyhood”, Hilary Swank “The Homesman” and Tilda Swinton “The Grand Budapest Hotel”, Oscar Isaac “A Most Violent Year” and Gugu Mbatha-Raw “Belle”.

On Story at 7 pm
Frank Darabont, writer and director of such classics as The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile and The Mist, discusses adapting works by Stephen King and keeping his characters at the core of the story.

Feature Film Casablanca at 8 pm
Cafe owner Rick (Humphrey Bogart) helps an old flame (Ingrid Bergman) and her husband (Paul Henreid) escape from Nazis in Morocco.

Ain’t It Cool with Harry Knowles at 9:45 pm
Revered Writer/Director Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire/127 Hours/Trainspotting and Harry discuss auteurs. The theory that some filmmakers have so much personal influence and artistic control over a movie that they become regarded as the author of the movie is also explored as Harry chats with “Boiler” about the late William Wyler’s films.

Film School Shorts at 10:15 pm
The Fighting Kind (Chapman Univ.) and Northeast Front (Univ. of Texas) : Davin, estranged from his family for years, returns home in desperate need of financial help. He learns that his sister may be the sibling who’s truly in need. Written, directed by Nils Taylor. Based on a true story, Esperanza’s love for her children knows no bounds, but her limits are pushed when she is forced to save her son from Mexico’s dangerous cartels. Written and directed by Angela Camarena Torres.

February 2015 Family Choice

KLRU chooses three programs each month for your family to enjoy and view together. In February 2015, we have the following lined up:

Wednesday, February 4 at 7 pm: NATURE “Legendary White Stallions”
This story of the world-famous Lipizzaner stallions focuses on the bond that develops between the horses and their caregivers, beginning at the moment of their birth and culminating in the perfect harmony between horse and rider demonstrated at the famous Spanish Riding School in Vienna, Austria.

Monday, February 9 at 8:00 pm: Antiques Roadshow “Celebrating Black Americana”
In this special to mark Black History Month, appraisal highlights include, among other items, an 1821 citizenship certificate for a free man of color, and an African American beauty book written by entrepreneur Madame C.J. Walker, the first American female millionaire.

Wednesday, February 18 at 7 pm: NATURE “Owl Power” NEW!
Using the camera technology, computer graphics, x-rays and ultra-microscopes available in the modern world, take a new look at owls in more detail than ever before. The real stories behind how they hunt, how their vision and hearing work, and how they fly so silently are influencing 21st-century technology and design, from high-tech aircraft and submarines to innovative hearing aids.

Wednesday, February 25 at 7 pm: NATURE “The Last Orangutan Eden” NEW
Working with a team of experienced researchers, ecologist Chris Morgan becomes completely immersed in a unique social band of wild orangs who use tools, share food, forage together, and create their own distinct culture. For the first time, advanced cameras are used to follow the orangs throughout the canopy to provide an intimate, clear picture of how these arboreal apes spend their days and nights and interact with one another.

Texas Tribune: New Statewide Bid to End Texting Behind the Wheel

Our Saturday story during PBS NewsHour comes from our partners at The Texas Tribune. It discusses whether this will finally be the year when a ban on texting while driving becomes law statewide. You can watch it in the video above.

Jennifer Smith lost her mother in a 2008 car crash in Oklahoma when a distracted driver using his cell phone T-boned her vehicle. Smith advocates for stopdistractions.org, a grassroots organization that raises awareness of the dangers of distracted driving.

“And from that moment on – a phone call, a text message, nothing is worth a life,” Smith said.

This will be the fifth legislative session when Texas lawmakers will propose a bill for a statewide ban on texting while driving. A 2011 bill by Republican state representative Tom Craddick passed in favor of a ban but was vetoed by governor Rick Perry who said the law would “micromanage the behavior of adults.”

So far, 44 states have a ban regarding texting while driving and many local communities in Texas have bans in place. Austin’s new distracted driving law went into effect January 1, 2015.

Alva Ferdinand, a public health researcher at Texas A&M University completed a study on such laws. Her findings prove that these laws are “having an impact on roadway fatalities.”

“Not only will this initiative saves lives, it will save the state medical expenses as well as loss of time and work wages,” Smith said.

Smith will be among the 25 families at the state capitol on Feb. 3 to discuss the bill. You can find an extended version of this story here.

Our Sunday story is from KLRU’s Arts in Context Shorts series. It is about Roots & Rhythms, an after-school drumming program. You can watch that story here.

Science Night Feb. 4

February’s first Science Night tells the story of the majestic Lipizzaner stallions and explores the wildlife of the planet’s plains.

Nature Legendary White Stallions at 7 p.m.

This story of the world-famous Lipizzaner stallions focuses on the bond that develops between the horses and their caregivers, beginning at the moment of their birth and culminating in the perfect harmony between horse and rider demonstrated at the famous Spanish Riding School in Vienna, Austria. Their carefully choreographed movements were originally developed for the training of war horses; only the strongest and most athletic horses qualified. The Lipizzaner stallion is bred for its courage, strength and character, but the horse is also gentle, sensitive, and exceptionally responsive to praise.

 

Earth A New Wild Home / Plains at 8 p.m.

Home – Travel deep into the wild to take a fresh look at humankind’s relationship to the big animals that live alongside us. From cuddling baby pandas to avoiding man-eating tigers, Dr. M. Sanjayan investigates our changing relationships with the wilderness. The severe peril of extraordinary animals and their habitats is ever-present, but Sanjayan focuses on the powerful stories that prove animals and humans can thrive side by side. It’s a new kind of wild, but one on which we all depend. Plains – Explore the giant herds that roam the wild grasslands of the plains. Home to the greatest gathering of animal life on the planet, they are also increasingly our bread basket – and among the most endangered places on Earth. Dr. Sanjayan follows a unique elephant conservation project in South Africa and tracks the prairies to see how Americans are saving their most-endangered mammal. His journey uncovers a vital new understanding about how both humans and predators can help the animals found on the plains.

Highlights Feb. 1-7

KLRU Highlights

The remaining bakers now face three European cakes on Great British Baking Show at 7 pm Sunday.

Rosamund is suspicious, Edith is desperate, and Branson is pressured to choose his allegiances on part 5 of Downton Abbey season 5 on Masterpiece Theater at 8 pm Sunday.

An old woman tells Sidney that someone wants her dead on Masterpiece Theater Granchester part 3 Sunday at 9 pm.

Hour two of Antiques Roadshow in Austin Monday at 7 pm travels to the Texas State Library and Archives to learn about fraudulent and authentic Texas Declaration of Independence documents.

A Path Appears part two at 9 pm Monday joins New York Times reporter Nicholas Kristof, Jennifer Garner, Eva Longoria and Alfre Woodard as they meet activists fighting for women’s rights in West Virginia, Colombia and Haiti.

A team of genealogists uncovers fascinating family stories at the New Orleans Board of Trade on Genealogy Roadshow at 7 pm Tuesday.

In the Summer of 1910, the largest fire in American history had profound consequences. Learn how this event changed the shape of America on Big Burn: American Experience at 8 pm Tuesday.

Nature at 7 pm Wednesday tells the story of the world-famous Lipizzaner stallions and focuses on the bond that develops between the horses and their caregivers.

Earth A New Wild at 8 pm Wednesday is a new series, hosted by Dr. M. Sanjayan, that combines spectacular natural history images with compelling human stories.

The best contemporary rock hits the Austin City Limits at 10 pm Wednesday and 10 pm Friday with the Black Keys and J. Roddy Walston & The Business.

Katha Pollitt, award-winning author and columnist for The Nation, talks politics on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.

Arts In Context In Face at 7:30 pm Thursday follows the complex lives of three performance artists to get an inside look at the lives of Drag Queens.

The Daytripper at 8 pm Thursday travels to Abilene and Athens.

Morgan Freeman sets out to understand how and why The Taming of the Shrew, one of the Bard’s first works, was written on Shakespeare Uncovered at 8 pm Friday. At 9 pm, David Harewood unravels the complex issues of prejudice and jealousy that are threaded throughout Othello.

Let’s grow some grapes for munching or signature homemade wine on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. On tour, a Hill Country gardener captivates viewpoints from every angle where artwork frames food for family and wildlife.

Superstar rockers Foo Fighters return to Austin City Limits at 7pm Saturday. The band, with special guests, features songs from the best-selling Sonic Highways.

 

 

Q Night at the Movies 1/31

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Q Night at the Movies for Jan. 31st features documentaries on Charlton Heston and Harry Dean Stanton.

Charlton Heston: A Man For All Seasons at 6:10 p.m.
He has played king and slave, hero and villain, and is renowned throughout the movie-going world for the heroic figures he played during his early years in Hollywood: Moses, Ben-Hur, El Cid and Michaelangelo. In a wide range of roles, from classical to futuristic, he has shown himself a consummate actor. But Charlton Heston has always been more than a star. Although he is a private man, he has often appeared to be a very public one, willing to speak up on issues he believes in–however controversial they may be. Here, in his own words, is Heston’s life as well as highlights of a career that resulted in more than 60 motion pictures. This episode includes scenes from The Greatest Show on Earth, The Ten Commandments, The Big Country, Ben-Hur, Will Penny, Soylent Green, and Planet of the Apes.

Harry Dean Stanton – Crossing Mulholland at 7:05 p.m.
A favorite of directors, critics, colleagues, and audiences, actor Harry Dean Stanton has carved his name into the cultural consciousness of cinematic arts with dozens of roles in films ranging from Cool Hand Luke and Alien to Paris, Texas and The Green Mile. The new documentary “Harry Dean Stanton: Crossing Mulholland” offers an insightful look at this versatile and talented actor through film clips and interviews with such Hollywood figures as actors Billy Bob Thornton and Richard Dreyfuss; musicians Kris Kristofferson and Michelle Phillips; critic Leonard Maltin; and directors John Carpenter and Wim Wenders. The documentary traces Stanton’s story from his birth in a small Kentucky town to his rise as a noted character actor. The program also takes time to look at Stanton’s other passion – music-and features intimate, living room jam sessions with friends Michelle Phillips and Jamie James.

Sandra Carswell, Librarian in Copperas Cove ISD, local winner in the PBS LearningMedia Get Your Tech On Sweepstakes!

Ms. Carswell, Librarian at S.C. Lee Junior High School in Copperas Cove, is the second local winner of a Samsung Galaxy Tablet and a one-year subscription to the Premium level of PBS LearningMedia. A 25-year veteran educator, Ms. Carswell started her career with an abiding love of reading, which she found morphing into an interest in technology and its potential for young learners.

Copperas Cove ISD has a “bring your own device” policy for its students. With that in mind, Ms. Carswell looks forward to furthering her proficiency on her Galaxy Tablet as she helps students find and use quality digital resources – like PBS LearningMedia.

Carswell with student

A Path Appears screening 2/19

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Path Appears: Screening & Panel DiscussionEarly Childhood Intervention & Breaking the Cycle of Poverty

Thursday, February 19,
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, Studio 6A
Light refreshments will be served

RSVP NOW This event is free but requires an RSVP

From the team that brought you the groundbreaking Half the SkyA Path Appears uncovers the adversities faced every day by millions of women and girls, while also presenting glimmers of hope and change. Click here to watch a preview.

The screening will highlight stories of women breaking the poverty cycle through education and opportunity for their young children. After a short segment from the film, a panel of local early childhood experts will discuss issues from the documentary as well as challenges and solutions here in Austin. Panelists include Cathy Doggett, Ed.M., Nurse Family Partnership Team Lead, Texas Home Visiting Program; Mary Dunlap, Mental Health & Disabilities Coordinator, Child Inc.; and Jacquie Porter, Director of Early Childhood Education, AISD.

Can’t attend the screening? Join us for a live chat and special online screening of “A Path Appears – Episode 3: Violence and Solutions.” Hear stories, chat with experts from the film, and learn how you can make a difference.
Tuesday, February 10, at 1 pm
Online at https://ovee.itvs.org/screenings/eryhu

Watch A Path Appears on KLRU

See the full three-part documentary series on PBS Independent Lens, airing Monday nights on KLRU. Join Nicholas Kristoff, Malin Ackerman, Mia Farrow, Jennifer Garner, Ashley Judd, Blake Lively, Eva Longoria and Alfre Woodard to uncover gender oppression and human rights violations in the U.S. and around the world.

EPISODE ONE: Sex Trafficking in the USA | Monday, January 26 at 9 pm
EPISODE TWO: Breaking the Cycle of Poverty | Monday, February 2 at 9 pm
EPISODE THREE: Violence & Solutions | Monday, February 9 at 9 pm

Following State of the Union, the Price of Higher Ed in Austin

During the State of the Union Tuesday evening, President Obama focused part of his address on the price of higher education. This weekend during PBS NewsHour, we take a closer look at his proposals.

“By the end of this decade, two in three job openings will require some higher education. Two in three. And yet, we still live in a country where too many bright, striving Americans are priced out of the education they need. It’s not fair to them, and it’s not smart for our future,” President Obama said.

In our Saturday story, we speak with Dr. David Laude, Senior Vice Provost for Enrollment and Graduation Management at the University of Texas. Dr. Laude is tasked with increasing UT’s 4 year graduation rate to 70%. To reach that goal, the school is focusing on low-income students.

“There was an article that had a pretty blunt headline that said ‘rich kids graduate, poor kids often do not.’ If you take a look at whether or not a student’s going to graduate, the most important indicator if they will struggle is if they come from an under-resourced background,” Laude said. “They don’t really have the money to be able to hang in there and to graduate in 5 years or 6 years. Yes, it’s possible, some of them will do it, but every time they do it they’re taking out more loans. Every time they’re doing it, they’re running up more debt.”

We also spoke to Jeff Webster, Assistant VP for Research and Analytical Services at TG. TG is a nonprofit corporation which “offers resources to help students and families plan and prepare for college, learn the basics of money management, and repay their federal student loans.”

You can see our Saturday story in the video above.

On Sunday, our story looks at President Obama’s other higher education proposal: free community college. Webster told us about a TG study that found graduates with a four-year degree, if they started at a community college, “tend to have no less debt than someone who started at a four year school, and sometimes they have even more debt.”

We spoke with Neil Vickers, Austin Community College’s VP of Finance & Budget, about that survey and about President Obama’s proposal.

“We’re very interested in affordability for our students. It’s actually in our mission, to provide affordable higher education,” Vickers said. “When you just focus on tuition, to what extent does that really get to the root of the problem? I think part of the conversation is that a community college student can take out a similar sized loan as though they were at the university. I think there needs to be other discussions about loan programs and maybe this will serve as a good catalyst for those.”

The Texas Association of Community Colleges released this statement in response to President Obama’s plan for free community college:

“TACC has not yet voted to take a position, but, as a whole, the community college presidents in Texas appreciate that President Obama has recognized the importance of community colleges and the importance he has put on providing students with pathways to the workforce and to continue their education.”

You can see that story in the video below.

KLRU News Briefs air locally during PBS NewsHour weekend, Saturday and Sunday evenings at 6:30. Both of these stories are part of KLRU’s American Graduate initiative, which is aimed at increasing awareness around the dropout crisis in Central Texas. Do you have an American Graduate story idea? We’d love to hear from you. Email us at CivicSummit@klru.org, post a comment, or tweet at us using #amgradtx.