American Graduate Champion: Elizabeth Morales

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LRU 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.

Today’s Champion is Elizabeth Morales! Elizabeth Morales is a teacher and mother in Buda, Texas. She teaches fifth grade students. “This person is a champion to me because she is a wonderful hard working mother who takes sacrifices for others,” her nomination form said. Her story shows “there are always people who work hard and sacrifices for others,” the form continued.

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: Brandon Henry

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LRU 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.

Today’s Champion is Brandon Henry! Brandon Henry is a teacher in Buda, Texas. He teaches agriculture. “He always was there when I had a question about my animals and was the best teacher I’ve ever had,” his nomination form said.

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: Jason Ferrel

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LRU 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.

Today’s Champion is Jason Ferrel! Jason Ferrel is a teacher and coach in Buda, Texas. He teaches geography and economics. He is a champion “because of the way that he approaches things and the ways that he treats his students,” his nomination form said.

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.

Highlights December 27 to January 2

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Join Alastair Bruce, historical advisor to Downton Abbey, on Manners of Downton Abbey: A Masterpiece Special as he reveals the secrets of how the aristocratic set dined and dressed, how they married and made money, how they interacted with the servants, and above all why they behaved as they did in 1900s Britain. Sunday at 7 p.m.

Sunday at 8 p.m., the Crawleys go to a shooting party at a castle in Northumberland and return to Downton for a joyful Christmas holiday on Masterpiece Downton Abbey Season 5, Episode 9.

Join the revels as Poplar readies itself for Christmas 1960 on Call the Midwife Holiday Special, Sunday at 10 p.m. An unexpected surprise for a grieving mother brings the holiday magic home, while Nonnatus is rocked when one of its own disappears. A film crew promises to make this a memorable Christmas.

Sunday at 11:30 p.m. on Vicious Holiday Special, Freddie (Ian McKellen) and Stuart (Derek Jacobi) host a holiday soiree in their small central London flat. Ash (Iwan Rheon), their young upstairs neighbor, has volunteered to cook the meal, their feisty best friend Violet (Frances de la Tour) is up to her old tricks, and a wicked game of Truth or Dare brings up hidden truths – and surprises as well.

Antiques Roadshow Junk in the Trunk 3 is a new episode with never-before-seen appraisals from Roadshow’s 2013 season, including a Myrtle Beach guest with a sports collection that would make any Celtics fan turn green with envy and a diamond and platinum ring in Corpus Christi. Monday at 7 p.m.

Monday at 8 p.m., travel through air, sea, land – and time – in Antiques Roadshow Treasures On The Move, featuring Art Deco travel posters, a Waltham railroad pocket watch, and a Lewis and Clark map. Which is appraised at $45,000?

East of Salinas is a story about immigration, childhood, and circumstance, airing Monday at 9 p.m.With little support at home, Salinas, California third grader Jose Ansaldo often turns to his teacher, Oscar Ramos, once a migrant farm kid himself. Oscar helps Jose imagine a future beyond the lettuce fields where his parents work. But Jose was born in Mexico – and he’s on the cusp of understanding the implications of that.

Robin Williams Remembered – A Pioneers of Television Special airs Monday at 10 p.m. This tribute to actor and comedian Robin Williams features one of his last full-length interviews for the Pioneers of Television series, including never-before-seen comments on his life and comedic and dramatic work, as well as tributes to Williams by those who knew and worked with him.

Pioneers of Television Standup to Sitcom features fresh interviews with Jerry Seinfeld, Roseanne Barr, Tim Allen, Ray Romano and Bob Newhart. The program, which airs Tuesday at 7 p.m., reveals how America’s top standup comics made the transition to the sitcom format.

Tuesday at 8 p.m., Pioneers of Television Acting Funny peeks behind the curtain to reveal the backstage techniques of America’s favorite comedic actors. The program features the manic improvisational style of Robin Williams, along with his comic predecessor Jonathan Winters. They’re a fascinating contrast to Tina Fey, who explains her measured, highly prepared approach.

Using undercover footage, Frontline Escaping ISIS presents the gripping, first-hand accounts of women who escaped the brutal reign of ISIS – and follows an underground network that’s helping them escape. Tuesday at 9 p.m.

Tuesday at 10 p.m., Mad Men creator, Matthew Weiner, dissects the culture, identity, and status quo of the show, and the psychology behind its beloved antihero, Don Draper in On Story Mad Men: A Conversation With Matthew Weiner.

Then, Tuesday at 10:30 p.m. in On Story Groundhog Day: Deconstructing the Comedy Classic, Danny Rubin, co-writer of Groundhog Day, deconstructs the unconventional romantic comedy’s progression from script to screen and reminisces on his unique collaboration with the legendary Harold Ramis.

Alongside the fastest, strongest, smartest animals are nature’s misfits, odd, bizarre and unlikely creatures that at first glance seem ill-equipped for survival. Left at the starting line in the race for life, these are the apparent losers in the story of evolution, yet somehow they manage to cling to life and in some cases even thrive, shown on Nature Animal Misfits, Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Join New York Times best-selling author Michael Pollan Wednesday at 8 p.m. on In Defense of Food, a fascinating journey to find out what we should eat to be healthy. Pollan cuts through today’s barrage of conflicting dietary messages and makes it simple to enjoy food and stay healthy.

French band Phoenix plays tunes from its latest LP Bankrupt! and other hits, including “Lisztomania,” “1901” and “Entertainment!” on Austin City Limits Phoenix, Wednesday at 10 p.m.

Thursday at 7 p.m., ring in a new year with the Philharmonic and the sounds of Paris, featuring Alan Gilbert and Susan Graham in music by Ravel, Offenbach and Saint-Saens on Live From Lincoln Center New York Philharmonic New Year’s Eve: La Vie Paris.

Then, Thursday at 9 p.m., keep ringing in the New Year with two-time Emmy and five-time Grammy-nominated entertainer, Michael Feinstein with celebrity performances including Darren Criss, star of the hit show Glee, Aaron Tveit from the new series Graceland and Leslie Odom from Smash. Michael Feinstein’s New Year’s Eve At The Rainbow Room celebrates the legendary New York nightclub, the Rainbow Room, where stars were born and legends perform.

Live From Lincoln Center New York Philharmonic New Year’s Eve: La Vie Paris airs again Thursday at 10 p.m.

The Vienna Philharmonic under the baton of Mariss Jansons performs favorite Strauss Family waltzes at the opulent Musikverein accompanied by the Vienna City Ballet on Great Performances From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2016. Stage and screen legend Julie Andrews returns as host, touring the picturesque city. Friday at 6 p.m.

Masterpiece The Abominable Bride airs Friday at 8 p.m. The new Sherlock special marks the first time Sherlock premieres in the U.S. and U.K. the same day. The special finds Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Watson (Martin Freeman) transported back in time to 1890s London.

Austin City Limits Phoenix airs again Friday at 9:35 p.m.

Join host Pete Evans on Moveable Feast With Fine Cooking Austin, Texas Friday at 10:32 p.m. as he gets a taste of some authentic Texas cuisine with father-son chef duo Jack and Bryce Gilmore. Pete meets them at Urban Roots Farm, an organization that uses food and farming to transform the lives of young people, where they pick vegetables and get honey right from the combs.

America’s Test Kitchen Christopher Kimball takes us behind the scenes to connect kitchen-to-garden philosophy on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. On tour, a new gardener feeds her family of seven from organic pickings all year long.

American bands Alabama Shakes and Vintage Trouble perform their blues-rock and classic rock tunes on Austin City Limits Alabama Shakes/Vintage Trouble, Saturday at 7 p.m.

Masterpiece Downton Abbey Season 5, Episode 9 airs again Saturday at 8 p.m.

Saturday at 10 p.m., Louisa has shocking news for Martin on Doc Martin Departure, Bert and Jennifer’s party goes off with a bang, and Al has a business proposition for Ruth.

American Graduate Champion: Ryan Nash

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LRU 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.

Today’s Champion is Ryan Nash! Ryan Nash is a teacher in Buda, Texas. In addition to teaching statistics, Nash teaches his kids about life and communicates valuable life lessons in his classroom. “Kids arent going to figure out how pay taxes on [their] own so might as well teach them how to do it smartly,” his nomination form said. “He teaches valuable life lessons as well as helping kids learn more in statistics.”

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.

Science Night 12/30

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Get ready for 2016 with Science Night! Nature tells the stories of evolutionary underdogs in a program about some of the world’s more bizarre creatures. Then, inform any diet-focused resolutions Michael Pollan’s guide to simple, healthy eating.

Nature Animal Misfits at 7 p.m.

Alongside the fastest, strongest, smartest animals are nature’s misfits, odd, bizarre and unlikely creatures that at first glance seem ill-equipped for survival. Left at the starting line in the race for life, these are the apparent losers in the story of evolution, yet somehow they manage to cling to life and in some cases even thrive.

In Defense Of Food at 8 p.m.

Join New York Times best-selling author Michael Pollan on a fascinating journey to find out what we should eat to be healthy. Pollan cuts through today’s barrage of conflicting dietary messages and makes it simple to enjoy food and stay healthy.

American Graduate Champion: Kevin Knox

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LRU 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.

Today’s Champion is Kevin Knox! Kevin Knox is a teacher in Buda, Texas. He is a good, young teacher who handles a lot of different people’s needs. He is a champion “because he works hard and deals with a lot of stress,” his nomination form said.

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.

Indie Lens Pop-Up In Football We Trust 1/5

Join KLRU and the Austin Public Library for the Indie Lens Pop-Up screening of the documentary In Football We Trust. This free event takes place Tuesday, Jan. 5th, at 7 p.m. at the Austin Public Library Windsor Park Branch 5833 Westminster Dr., Austin, TX, 78723.

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In Football We Trust intimately follows four Polynesian high school football players in Utah struggling to overcome gang violence, family pressures, and poverty as they enter the high stakes world of college recruiting and the promise of pro sports. The odds may be stacked against them, but they’ll never stop fighting for a better future.

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.

American Graduate Champion: Lori Callus

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LRU 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.

Today’s Champion is Lori Callus! Lori Callus is a pre-AP Geometry teacher in Buda, Texas. She leads the student council and coaches girls basketball, calculator UIL and sponsors math club. “Ms. Callus always works hard for the multiple groups and organizations she’s apart of or leads, while also does an excellent job of teaching Pre-AP Geometry. Everyday she shows up to school and performs her duties and does them to the best of her ability,” her nomination form said. “If other teachers and students saw or noticed how hard teachers like Ms. Callus do, there would be more students motivated to join and help with other groups or organizations as well pay more respect to teachers in general.”

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 12/26

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Pony up and get ready for Q Night at the Movies. This week, a fine-as-cream-gravy Q celebrates the wild world of Western films. First, Hollywood Idols profiles Yul Brynner, who starred in as many Westerns as he did dramatic narratives, followed by an On Story featuring today’s prominent Western films. Next, a double feature: Brynner stars in The Magnificent Seven, accompanied with Marlon Brando’s One-Eyed Jacks, the only film Brando ever directed.

Hollywood Idols Yul Brynner: The Man Who Was King at 7 p.m.

There will never be another like Yul Brynner. No other actor has had his looks, his range of talents, his energy, and his capacity to draw others into the spell of his charm. A true sophisticate of deliberately mysterious origins, Yul Brynner was at home in a wide variety of languages and social environments. At an early age he found his perfect role in The King And I. The Academy Award-winning success that might have become a trap for a lesser star became the ongoing glory of his career from the peak of his stardom to his untimely death.

On Story Westerns at 7:30 p.m.

Creating westerns with resonance is discussed by the creative minds behind Unforgiven, A Perfect World, and 3:10 To Yuma. Featuring John Lee Hancock, David Peoples, Michael Brandt, and Derek Haas.

All-Star Film Collection The Magnificent Seven at 8 p.m.

A man in black (Yul Brynner) recruits six hired guns to lead Mexican villagers against the gang of an outlaw (Eli Wallach).

Corinth Films Collection One-Eyed Jacks at 10:10 p.m.

Running from the law after a bank robbery in Mexico, Dad Longworth (Karl Malden) finds an opportunity to take the stolen gold and leave his partner Rio (Marlon Brando) to be captured. Years later, Rio escapes from prison and hunts down Dad for revenge. Dad is now a respectable sheriff in California, and has been living in fear of Rio’s return.

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