In the Studio: Overheard tapes Shawn Colvin 8/17

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Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Shawn Colvin on August 17 at 12:15pm in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 11:45am. The event is free but an RSVP is required.Please complete the form here to RSVP.

Shawn Colvin is a singer-songwriter based in Austin, Texas. She has won three Grammy awards, including Song of the Year for her hit “Sunny Came Home.” Colvin’s new album titled Colvin & Earle was released last month. Colvin joined forces with long-time friend and creative partner Steve Earle to create the debut collaborative album. The pair are currently touring across the US.

Wednesday, August 17 at 12:15pm
KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
Doors at 12:15pm
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We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith kicks off its seventh 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 Shawn Colvin. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at klru.org/overheard.

Science Wednesday: Scientists find antibiotic in human nose

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Boogers have long been thought to be gross, but a new scientific study proves they might not be as unhygienic as we thought.

According to an article from Science magazine, scientists have found a new antibiotic and it has been living right under our noses—or, to be more precise, inside them.

The discovery happened after scientists began investigating why every third person carries a bacterium called Staphylococcus aureus in their nose. This bacteria is mostly harmless, but can result in a severe disease or even death if it gets into a wound causing sepsis. It even has an antibiotic resistant version known as MRSA that kills 10,000 people per year in the U.S.

Scientists started to look at the conditions in the nose and, noting that there are not too many resources for bacteria to flourish, concluded that it becomes survival of the fittest. With that in mind, they tested out which bacterias living in the nose came out on top. When they did this they discovered that the bacteria Slugdunensis is good at preventing S. aureus from growing.

This It’s Okay To Be Smart video from PBS Digital Studio breaks it down.

To learn more about this discovery, read the Science Magazine article.

Wolves, Bees and Birds: Our picks from PBS Digital Studios

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If you’re that person who only thinks of Alaska as being the home to Eskimo kisses, igloos and ice fishing you might want to take look at this week’s picks from PBS Digital Studios. This week’s picks features three episodes from Indie Alaska and the colorful lives of some of its resident – both humans and animals.

The Wolf Pack – Indie Alaska

We know what you’re thinking and, no, this is in no reference to Alan Garner’s ‘The Wolfpack’ speech (The Hangover). However, it does center on the life of zookeeper Tim Lescher and his belief that wolves are friendlier creatures than often portrayed in myth and popular culture.

The Hives and Lows of Beekeeping in Alaska – Indie Alaska

Scared of bees? Tell that to Alaskan beekeepers Keith Malone and Nathan Bromley who deal with these yellow and black creatures on a daily basis. However, Malone and Bromley have a different approach to keeping bees alive – and from stinging- on the last frontier. Through genetic tweak and all-natural methods, they have produced happy, healthy and stingless bees that last year-round.

I am a Birder – Indie Alaska

In this episode of Indie Alaska, Anchorage bird watcher Aaron Bowman shares his passion for bird watching, discusses the science behind bird counts, talks about why Alaska is a birders paradise.

 

Highlight July 31-August 6

KLRU Highlights

On Sunday, join Stanley, Sarah and Pamela as they try to help Louis elude the police. Masterson offers a huge reward for Louis’ capture. Lady Cremone, convinced of Louis’ guilt, refuses to aid him. A policeman coerces Sarah into divulging damaging information. Watch at 7 pm on Dancing On The Edge.

Thirteen years after Lewis’ first arrest as a detective inspector, the forensics have been called into question and the case re-opened for appeal. Lewis fears the worst — but nothing can prepare him for a new string of murders resembling the original murders with the original weapon. Did he arrest an innocent man? With Lewis’ reputation in jeopardy, Hathaway and Maddox race to catch the killer. Watch at 8 pm on Inspector Lewis.

Later at 9:30 pm, tune into Tunnel. Police think they may finally have a lead, as the serial killer’s actions escalate in his fifth and final “truth.” Karl and Laura’s relationship takes another turn as Laura steps up her flirtations with another man.

Father Brown discovers the truth of a crime by looking into the truth of the soul – the passions, dark secrets, hidden desires. Many years spent hearing his parishioners’ confessions have given him an uncanny insight into the origins of evil and the workings of the criminal mind. But the stories are not concerned with judgement – Father Brown is more interested in saving souls than in bringing the guilty to justice. Watch at 10:30 pm.

On Monday at 7 pm, tune into Antiques Roadshow. Travel back 15 years to see our take on treasures then and now. Highlights include a New Orleans art pottery jardiniere, an 1858 map of lower Mississippi and a 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers World Series ball. Which item’s value jumped to $150,000-$200,000?

Next at 8 pm, watch another episode of Antiques Roadshow. 1998 marked the 16th running of the Athens to Atlanta Road Skate, 87 miles long and America’s oldest road skating race, and ANTIQUES ROADSHOW’s first visit to Hotlanta. In the ensuing 14 years, a collection of documents related to gold legend Bobby Jones sped from an original estimate of $15,000 to a current value of $20,000 to $25,000, while an 1841 letter by Abraham Lincoln rolled from a brisk $

At 9 pm, meet Iris Apfel, the quick-witted, flamboyantly dressed 93-year-old style maven who’s had an outsized presence on the New York fashion scene for decades. Albert Maysles’ film shows a woman with an inspirational enthusiasm for fashion, art and people. Watch on POV.

Later at 10:30 pm, enjoy a new episode of Arts In Context. Blue Lapis Light transforms urban environments into works of art. Specializing in large-scale productions in non-traditional public environments – such as federal buildings, power plants, or scaffolding at the shores of Lady Bird Lake – Blue Lapis Light’s aerial dance creates what founder Sally Jacques describes as “prayers for the planet.”

Tuesday, see how the Nazis and the IOC turned, to their mutual advantage, a relatively small, elitist sports event into an epic global and mass media spectacle that, despite the IOC’s determined attempts to forget, continues to this day. Watch at 7 pm on Nazi Games – Berlin 1936. See it again Thursday at 9:15 pm.

Next at 8 pm, explore the thrilling story of the American rowing team that triumphed at the 1936 Olympics in Nazi Germany. Inspired by #1 best-seller The Boys in the Boat, the film follows the underdog team that took the nation by storm when they captured gold. Tune into Boys Of ’36: American Experience. See it again Thursday at 8:17 pm.

At 9 pm on T-rex: Her Fight For Gold, meet Claressa “T-Rex” Shields, who rose from the streets of Flint, Michigan, and at 17 won the first Olympic gold medal for women’s boxing in 2012. In this coming-of-age story, life outside the ring may be an even tougher fight.

Later at 10:30 pm, tune into this week’s episode of On StoryIndie Filmmaking: A Conversation with Jay Duplass.’ Jay Duplass (writer/director Jeff Who Lives at Home, The Puffy Chair) recollects his journey with brother Mark Duplass onto the DIY indie film scene, along with their specific approach to storytelling. Followed by Future Hero, the story of a father, son, and a time-travelling killer android, in a short film by Ramin Serry.

Kicking off Wednesday is Koko – The Gorilla Who Talks at 7 pm. In 1971, Penny Patterson began teaching sign language to a gorilla named Koko, unaware that this relationship would define both their lives. More than 40 years later, the now-famous Koko continues to redraw the line between people and animals.

Beneath the streets of Rome lies an ancient city of the dead known as the Catacombs — a labyrinth of tunnels, hundreds of miles long, lined with tombs. Now, NOVA goes inside a previously-unknown complex within the tunnel system: a mysterious mass grave, locked away for nearly 2000 years. NOVA’s forensic investigation opens up fascinating new insights into the daily life and health of Roman citizens at the heyday of its mighty empire. Watch at 8 pm on NOVA.

Later at 10 pm on Austin City Limits, celebrate Billie Holiday with acclaimed jazz singer Cassandra Wilson, as she performs “Strange Fruit,” “Don’t Explain, “Good Morning Heartache” and other Holiday classics from the tribute album Coming Forth by Day. See it again on Friday at 10 pm.

Thursday at 7 pm, Wendell Pierce sits down on Overheard with Evan Smith. Pierce is an actor, producer, and author, best known for playing Detective Bunk Moreland on HBO’s “The Wire.” A New Orleans native, he starred as Antoine Batiste in “Treme”, the HBO series about the city after Hurricane Katrina. His memoir “The Wind in the Reeds: A Storm, A Play, and the City That Would Not Be Broken” was recently published.

An act of terrorism shocks the world: Palestinian extremists invade the Summer Olympics and murder 11 Israeli athletes. With chilling detail, this new documentary investigates the Munich massacre, its aftermath and its relevance. It reveals alarming new evidence and never-before-seen photographs, and captures a poignant 43-year struggle for public remembrance. Even before its release, this film has attracted attention in The New York Times, NPR and around the world, as nations prepare for the upcoming Summer Olympics in Rio. Watch at 7:30 pm on Munich ’72 And Beyond.

Later at 10:30 pm, tune into The Daytripper. Chet heads to the panhandle where he finds Caprock Canyon State Park which is full of beautiful views, horseback riding, and the Official State Bison Herd of Texas. In town he visits a museum that’s dedicated to Bob Wills the “King of Western Swing” and another that’s rewriting the history of the Native Indian Wars. Top it off with a bison filet steak and that’s a day trip.

For more than 40 years, Washington Week has delivered the most interesting conversation of the week featuring a group of journalists participating in roundtable discussion of major news events. Tune in at 7 pm on Friday for Washington Week with Gwen Ifill.

Later at 8 pm on Great British Baking Show, follow the semi-finalists as they come to grips with chocolate, a temperamental ingredient. The Signature task is chocolate tart, followed by chocolate souffle in the Technical challenge. For the Showstopper, the bakers create chocolate centerpieces.

Next at 9 pm, watch POV ‘My Way To Olympia.’ Who better to cover the Paralympics, the international sporting event for athletes with physical and intellectual disabilities, than Niko von Glasow, the world’s best-known disabled filmmaker?

Once again, suddenly we’ve traded wet, cool days for hot and dry. Designer Ginger Hudson shows how to spot problems and avoid common mistakes on Central Texas Gardner. On tour, visit a rocky hillside garden that handles drought and rain bombs. Daphne answers: Why did established irises actually form seeds this spring? Distinctive ‘Pinot Noir’ pepper, contributed by a viewer, is our Plant of the Week. Tune in at noon on Saturday.

Enjoy a career-spanning performance by R&B icon Ms. Lauryn Hill in a rare television appearance. The Grammy-winning singer and songwriter performs a set of solo hits, new songs and Fugees classics. Watch at 7 pm on Austin City Limits.

At 8 pm, Father Brown discovers the truth of a crime by looking into the truth of the soul – the passions, dark secrets, hidden desires. Many years spent hearing his parishioners’ confessions have given him an uncanny insight into the origins of evil and the workings of the criminal mind. But the stories are not concerned with judgement – Father Brown is more interested in saving souls than in bringing the guilty to justice.

 

Science Night 8/3

A gorilla that talks, the ancient city of the dead, Zika and Ebola all on KLRU’s Science Night!

Koko – The Gorilla That Talksairs at 7 pm

In 1971, Penny Patterson began teaching sign language to a gorilla named Koko, unaware that this relationship would define both their lives. More than 40 years later, the now-famous Koko continues to redraw the line between people and animals.

NOVARoman Catacomb Mystery‘ – airs at 8 pm 

Beneath the streets of Rome lies an ancient city of the dead known as the Catacombs — a labyrinth of tunnels, hundreds of miles long, lined with tombs. Now, NOVA goes inside a previously-unknown complex within the tunnel system: a mysterious mass grave, locked away for nearly 2000 years. NOVA’s forensic investigation opens up fascinating new insights into the daily life and health of Roman citizens at the heyday of its mighty empire.

Spillover – Zika, Ebola & Beyondairs at 9 pm 

Investigate the rise of spillover viruses, like Zika, Ebola and Nipah, which reside in animals and infect humans. Find out how human behaviors spread diseases and what science can do to anticipate, contain and prevent epidemics around the world.

Space Sunday on KLRU Q 7/31

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From the very beginning, the planets, stars and galaxies have always fascinated us. Which is why we are dedicating an entire evening featuring three programs on to topic of space.

Space Men: American Experienceairs at 7 pm
M
eet the pioneering Air Force scientists and pilots whose Project Manhigh, which collected data about the biological and technical factors required to support human activity in space, laid the groundwork for the US space program.

History ProjectMoonbug: The Apollo Project‘ – airs at 8 pm
These are the adventurers, risk takers and dreamers who were behind one of the most historic endeavours of our time. From living rooms and moonscape deserts, to Cape Canaveral, Steve Pyke captures the men in frank, revealing portraits, while unravelling their very personal and divergent memories.

Cosmonauts airs at 8: 55 pm
When, in July 1969, Neil Armstrong made one giant leap for mankind, America went down in popular history as the winner of the space race. But the real space pioneers of the 20th century were the Soviets. Between 1961 and 1966, they realised a number of spectacular historical achievements including the first man and woman in space, the first spacewalk and the first unmanned lunar landing. This series uses unseen archive footage and compelling interviews to reveal the story of the space race from the other side of the iron curtain.

Science Wednesday: Did dinosaurs coo instead of roar?

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Everyone knows that dinosaurs roar, right?

new study that was released could prove us wrong, indicating that dinosaurs were more likely to mumble or coo like birds instead of roar. Not so scary as we thought, huh?

This study comes from researchers with The University of Texas at Austin, Midwestern University in Arizona, Memorial University of Newfoundland and the University of Utah. They studied the closest relatives to dinosaurs—birds and reptiles—by using a statistical approach to analyze the distribution of their vocal abilities.

Since birds and reptiles are descendants of dinosaurs this study can shed light into what sounds they made.

This video from PBS Digital Studios’ It’s Okay To Be Smart explains:

You can learn more about the study from this UTNews article or listen to the full NPR interview with study co-author Julia Clarke:

Frankenstein, The Great Gatsby and Jane Eyre: Our picks from PBS Digital Studios

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With this week’s picks from PBS Digital Studios’ you don’t have to worry about that English exam you have next week. Learn all about three classics from Crash Course.

Don’t Reanimate Corpses! Frankenstein Part 1 and Part 2: Crash Course Literature 205 and 206

If you didn’t already know, Frankenstein is the name of the creator not the monster. Come to think of it, Mary Shelley didn’t give the monster a name – weird. Besides the numerous cultural adaptations of Shelley’s novel, how much do you really know about the novel that started it all? In these episodes, John will review the plot and take you through a couple of different critical readings of the novel.

 

Like Pale Gold – The Great Gatsby Part I and Part 2: Crash Course English Literature #4 and #5

You’re all familiar with the American Dream, right? It’s what they teach you in U.S. history class right after you learn about the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. But wait, you’ll also hear it again in English class when your teacher assigns The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgeralds 1925 novel that explores the themes of decadence, idealism, social upheaval and much more. In this episode of Crash Course, John will cover the rich symbolism of the novel, from the distant green light to the pale gold of wealth and decay. Also, Paris Hilton drops by.

 

Reader, it’s Jane Eyre – Crash Course Literature 207

The 1847 novel, Jane Eyre, may just be the the first coming of age novel that coins the term ‘stared from the bottom now we’re here.’ Sorry Drake. In this episode of Crash Course Literature, you’ll learn a little about the story, learn about Jane as a feminist heroine and even get some critical analysis on how Bertha might just be a dark mirror that acts out Jane’s emotional reactions.

Look at the Filthy Cities of the past on KLRU Q 7/28

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Do you have to dodge the contents of bedpans or step over rotting corpses on your way to work? Well, you may have had to if you’d lived in London, New York or Paris when they were filthy cities…

Dan Snow’s series brings to life the murky histories of these great cities, taking the travelogue in a new direction as he excavates their dirty pasts in gruesome detail during defining periods in history.

Using state-of -the- art CGI, he goes back in time to medieval London, revolutionary Paris and 19th-century New York. What he reveals is that the story of our epic battle against filth through the ages is also the story of the birth of the modern metropolis.

Filthy CitiesMedieval London‘ – airs at 8 pm
Historian Dan Snow gets down and dirty in medieval grime to discover the hard way how the London we know today was forged in the filth of the 14th century. State of the art CGI reveals London’s streets as they were 700 years ago and Dan steps into the shoes of a medieval Londoner – wooden platforms designed to help him rise above the disgusting mess underfoot.

Filthy Cities ‘Revolutionary Paris’ – airs at 8:55 pm
Just 200 years ago Paris was famously one of the foulest and smelliest cities in Europe. In this program historian Dan Snow sniffs out the rotten story of the French revolution. Stunning CGI reveals the stinking streets where ordinary people slaved in toxic industries and suffered grotesque poverty and disease. Dan immerses himself in their world, visiting a perfumer to recreate the stench of the 18th century city – Pong de Paris.

Filthy Cities ‘Industrial New York’ – airs at 9:50 pm
With ground breaking CGI historian Dan Snow travels back to a seething Manhattan in the throws of the industrial revolution. Millions fled persecution, poverty and famine in Europe in the 19th century in search of the Promised Land. When they arrived what they found was even worse than what they’d left behind.