Spotlight Education Week 9/12-17

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On Sept. 12-17, KLRU and PBS will be showcasing a week full of primetime programming which will focus on the challenges facing the American education system.

As part of KLRU’s and PBS’ commitment to education, the programs will explore the classrooms of today and explain how the amount of creativity and dedication that goes into teaching children makes a difference in schools and communities. Along with episodes from our core series such as POV, TED Talks and Frontline, the schedule will include primetime and PLUS programming, both of which are one-time specials.

Spotlight Education week in Austin is supported by Austin Community College.

Monday, September 12
9 pm – POV: All The Difference weaves together the stories of two promising young men as they navigate their lives in low-income, high-risk communities in Chicago. The 90-minute film explores the factors in their lives that made all the difference – an example of prioritizing education as a tool to secure a place in the middle class. Accompany two African-American teens from the South Side of Chicago on their journey to achieve their dream of graduating from college. Follow the young men through five years of hard work, sacrifice, setbacks and uncertainty.

10:30 pm – Arts In Context  Music for All Offering free, intensive music education to low-income youth from Travis and Hays County, Austin Soundwaves believes firmly in the principle that all students deserve a world-class education in the fine arts. Determined to make a difference in the minority community of Austin at a young age, the Hispanic Alliance of Performing Arts launched Austin Soundwaves. Program director Patrick Slevin and his team have already seen a positive impact on their students’ overall academics, motivation levels, and self-esteem. For Slevin, Austin Soundwaves is the first step towards providing the world class fine arts education that all students deserve.

Tuesday, September 13
8 pm  – FRONTLINE dives deep into the most pressing issues in education by updating two films.; “The Diploma Mill” and “Omarina’s Story.” “The Diploma Mill” (wt), a fresh look at the troubled for-profit college industry, examining reports of predatory behavior and fraud and the implosion of the education chain Corinthian Colleges. “Omarina’s Story” looks at how a program to stem the high school drop-out crisis has affected one girl’s journey. It chronicles how an innovative program to stem the high school drop-out crisis has affected one girl’s journey, from a public middle school in the Bronx to an elite New England private school to college. The film documents the divergent fates of two twins from the Bronx and sheds light on America’s dropout crisis and the brutal inequities in American Education.

9 pm – TED Talks: Education Revolution is hosted by writer/comedian Baratunde Thurston and actress/singer Sara Ramirez and includes short films, music, and inspiring speakers who are making a difference in our nation’s schools and universities. Explore innovative approaches to education. Speakers, including Anna Deavere Smith and Sal Khan, discus the school-to-prison pipeline, micromanaging kids and turning struggling students into scholars.

10 pm – The Address, a film by Ken Burns tells the story of a tiny school in Putney, Vermont, where the students are encouraged to memorize, practice and recite the Gettysburg Address, to unlock the history, context and importance of President Lincoln’s most powerful speech.

Wednesday, September 14
8 pm – NOVA: School of the Future, a two-hour documentary, looks at the school of the future by exploring “learning science,” a complex and interdisciplinary new field that encompasses neuroscience, physiology, and the psychology of children. In a new age of information, rapid innovation and globalization, how can we prepare our children to compete? Discover how the new science of learning can help us reimagine the future of education for all children.

Thursday, September 15
7:30 pm  – Eastside Education is a KLRU production. Follow students, teachers and staff at an Austin high school under threat of closure by the state. For years Eastside Memorial High School has been plagued by failing test scores and negative headlines.An Eastside Education spends one semester at one of Austin’s lowest income schools, as teachers, parents, administrators, and students fight to meet state accountability standards or watch their school be closed.

8 pm  – Time for School is an award-winning documentary project that visited seven classrooms in seven countries around the world. View an update to the documentary project that visits seven classrooms in seven countries and offers a glimpse of seven children struggling to get a basic education. The film catches up with the now adult seven to see how their lives have turned out.

Friday, September 16
9:30 pm – Craft in America: Teachers begins its eighth season on PBS with a unique hour that celebrates teachers: craft artists renowned for their own artistic visions, and committed to passing on their skills and passion for craft to new generations of students and artists.

Saturday, September 17
American Graduate Day! Find out more

Spotlight Education week in Austin is supported by Austin Community College.

Highlights June 26- July 2

KLRU Highlights

Tune into this episode of Dancing On The Edge on Sunday at 7 pm to chart the Louis Lester Band’s ascent, with Stanley’s help, from a downbeat jazz cellar to the Imperial Hotel and a party attended by an admiring prince and a moneyed American.

Next at 8 pm Sunday on Endeavor Season 3 on MasterpieceArcadia,” the death of an artist in a house-fire leaves Oxford police baffled. Then, when a young housewife dies seemingly of a mysterious “tummy bug” that has sickened half the police force, Morse’s investigation leads him to an inner-city supermarket.

The killer claims to highlight the ills of contemporary European society as his second “truth” unfolds. An enigmatic hosteler crosses the paths of Karl and Elise once more. Are they any closer to an answer? Watch at 9:30 pm Sunday on Tunnel.

On Monday on POVThe Look Of Silence,” an Oscar nominated film, follow an optometrist as he identifies the men who killed his brother in the 1965 Indonesian genocide. The film, winner of more than 50 awards, shows viewers how he confronts the accused while testing their eyes and demands they accept responsibility. Tune in at 9 pm.

Travel to Los Angeles with Genealogy Roadshow as they examine a family’s connection to the legendary Hollywood pharmacy, Schwabb’s; a link to one of the first African-American college graduates; a family tree wrapped in a genealogical web that has captivated the Roadshow team for years; and more. Watch on Tuesday at 7 pm.

Next at 8 pm Tuesday on GreeksThe Good Strife,” watch as ancient Greeks strive for excellence, strife proves to be an inescapable certainty-and it’s not long before the rising civilization and all that it promises will face its gravest tests.

Later at 9 pm Tuesday on Frontline, join writer and historian Jelani Cobb as he examines the Newark Police Department, one of the many trouble police forced in America ordered to reform.

Tune in at 10:30 pm Tuesday as God & Governing touches on topics such as guns, education, abortion, the death penalty and marriage. This episode will feature dozens of intimate interviews which unlock the spiritual motivations behind some of Texas’ most powerful lawmakers.

On Wednesday at 7 pm tune into Supernature – Wild FlyersDefying Gravity” and explore the basic principles of flight to see how animals become airborne in the first place.

Next at 8 pm Wednesday, join NOVAMaking North America: Origins” and experience the colossal geologic forces that shaped our continent over 3 billion years.

Follow the story of how, from a fertilized egg, you took on human form in the womb on 9 Months That Made You: The First 8 Weeks. Chart the metamorphosis from the lizard-like, mouse-like and monkey-like forms you once took on until the moment around 12 weeks when you became unmistakably human. Watch at 9 pm Wednesday.

Later at 10 pm Wednesday, the best contemporary rock hits the Austin City Limits stage with The Black Keys and J. Roddy Walston & The Business. The Black Keys play hits from their #1 album Turn Blue, while Walston and his trio highlight their record Essential Tremors.

Tune in on Overheard with Evan Smith as he sits down with Steve Case, Co-founder of AOL and a venture capitalist Thursday at 7 pm.

Next at 7: 30 pm Thursday, Steve Jobs – One Last Thing will take an in-depth look at the Apple boss to examine how and why he revolutionized our world.

Join Chet on The Daytripper  at 8:30 pm Thursday as he heads to Dripping Spring, Texas to eat at a Belgium bakery, swims in Hamilton Pool, climbs Reimer’s Ranch, and polishes the day off at Salt Lick.

Jenny is placed on the district nursing roster for a few weeks, to extend her experience of community practice on Bletchley Circle at 9 pm Thursday.

Her Majesty’s Secret Service, or MI6 as it is known, is the world’s most legendary spy agency, thanks to the James Bond stories.  Follow Secrets Of Her Majesty’s Secrets Service at 10 pm Thursday and explore the shadowy world of spying, going back in time to take a look at some on the world’s most calculated operations.

On Great British Baking Show at 8 pm Friday, join 12 amateur bakers in the tent for their first competition. Madeira cake is the Signature challenge. For the Technical, they must duplicate Mary Berry’s frosted walnut cake. Finally, they tackle black forest gateau for the Showstopper.

Enjoy the best contemporary rock hits from The Black Keys and J. Roddy Walston & The Business on Austin City Limits at 9 pm Friday.

At 10 pm Friday, rock out on Live From the Artists Den with a musical performance by Gary Clark Jr. The show will feature songs from his 2012  breakthrough album Blak and Blu and last year’s genre-bending follow-up, The Story Of Sonny Boy Slim.

On Saturday, tune into Central Texas Gardener at noon. Get the hottest new plants with Jessica Robertson of Greenleaf Nursery. Casey Boyter’s garden respects resources where people, plants, and planet unite.

Later at 7 pm Saturday, catch TV On The Radio and The War On Drugs on Austin City Limits. Dig the best in modern rock with TV on the Radio and The War on Drugs. TVOTR showcases cuts from their latest LP Seeds, while TWOD features songs from its most recent album Lost in the Dream.

Highlights June 19-25

KLRU Highlights

This comedic series, Vicious, tells the story of aging partners Freddie (Ian McKellen) and Stuart (Derek Jacobi), two men who have lived together in their Covent Garden flat for nearly 50 years. Now that their careers are over, their lives consist of entertaining their frequent guests, making sure their dog stays alive and hurling caustic insults at each other. Watch at 7 pm Sunday.

At 8 pm Sunday, don’t miss a fair turn sinister after a brutal murder is committed on Endeavor Season 3 On MasterpieceRide.” However, a suspended Morse begins a convert investigation as the body turns up on his doorstep.

Tune in at 10 pm Sunday, as the body of a woman is discovered on the borderline between Britain and France inside the Channel Tunnel. On this episode of Tunnel, follow this complex cross-Channel investigation as they discover that this was no ordinary murder.

On Monday, go inside the continuous issue of abortions rights on this episode of Independent LensTrapped.” Staring at 9 pm, follow the story of healthcare providers and others in Texas, Mississippi and Alabama who fighting against controversial new TRAP laws that are closing clinics.

On this special of Eyes On The Prize: Then And Now, re-examine the groundbreaking series from the filmmakers’ perspective and the viewpoint of civil rights activists. At 10:30  pm Monday, explore how far we’ve come, how far we have to go, the meaning of the ongoing struggle and next steps towards equality.

Join genealogists at 7 pm on Tuesday at the Providence Public Library to research stories on Holocaust survivors. Also on Genealogy Roadshow, a guest’s African-American relative who served in WWI; a man’s Amish ties; a woman’s roots in the whaling industry; and a Rhode Island macaroni company.

Next at 8 pm Tuesday, uncover the first draft of Western civilization on GreeksCavemen To Kings.”

Follow renowned New Yorker writer and Boston surgeon Atul Gawande on Frontline Being Mortal” as he explores the relationships doctors have with patients who are nearing the end of life. Join the investigation at 9 pm Tuesday, view the practice of caring for the dying and see how doctors are often remarkably untrained, ill-suited and uncomfortable talking about chronic illness and death with their patients.

After his mentally ill mother is released from prison, Arvind, a 16-year-old boy in Austin, Texas writes and produces a play from his mother’s perspective. When his relationship with the actress who plays his mother on stage deepens, he changes his perception of who he thought his father was and the preconceptions of who he thought his mother was. Watch at 10:30 pm. Tuesday.

The Great Polar Bear Feast is the astonishing story of an annual natural phenomenon that occurs in early September on the north slope of the Arctic. Scientist Todd Atwood has estimated that there has been a 40% decline in the polar bears around the South Beaufort Sea since 2006. Join Atwood on Wednesday at 7 pm as he tries determines what causes this extraordinary decline.

Next on NOVANazi Attack on America” at 8 pm Wednesday a sunken German U-boat off the coast of New Orleans tells the story of Operation Drumbeat.

On Nazi Mega Weapons at 9 pm Wednesday Germany crushes its enemies in a series of offensives coined “Blitzkrieg” or “Lightning War.” Stuka bombers blast a path though enemy lines, then Panzer divisions cut through defenses. Together they’re unstoppable.

Tune in on Wednesday and Friday at 10 pm for an encore viewing of Austin City Limits with Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. The Australian group perform songs from their 30-year career and their latest, Push the Sky Away.

Colin Jost sits down on Overheard with Evan Smith on Thursday at 7 pm. Jost is co‐anchor of SNL’s “Weekend Update.” He was previously co‐head writer and a staff writer at SNL. Colin has won three Writers Guild Awards, a Peabody Award and has been nominated for multiple Emmy Awards for his SNL writing. He also writes occasionally for The New Yorker.

At 7:30 pm Thursday, God & Governing explores the role Texas lawmakers’ personal religious beliefs increasingly play in their legislative decision-making.

For years, Eastside Memorial High School has been plagued by failing test scores and negative headlines. An Eastside Education spends one semester at one of Austin’s lowest-income schools, as teachers, parents, administrators, and students fight to meet state accountability standards or watch their school be closed. Tune in at 8 pm Thursday.

Chet heads to one of Texas’s largest cities to explore its amazing missions not called “The Alamo” and to explore the artistic and German area known as Southtown. Watch on The Daytripper at 8:30 pm Thursday.

Jimi Hendrix: American Masters at 8 pm Friday unveils previously unseen performance footage – such as the 1968 Miami Pop Festival -and home movies while sourcing an extensive archive of photographs, drawings, family letters and more to provide new insight into the musician’s personality and genius with interviews with Hendrix himself, commentary from well-known friends and musicians including Paul McCartney, Noel Redding, Mitch Mitchell, Billy Cox, Eddie Kramer, Steve Winwood, as well as revealing glimpses into Jimi from those closest to him.

Find out what really kills plants in summer on June 25 episode of Central Texas Gardener airing at noon.

The best contemporary rock hits the Austin City Limits stage with The Black Keys and J. Roddy Walston & The Business Saturday at 7 pm. The Black Keys play hits from their #1 album Turn Blue, while Walston and his trio highlight their record Essential Tremors.

Frontline Dropout Nation 9/25

Watch Dropout Nation Preview on PBS. See more from FRONTLINE.

What does it take to save a student? Every year, hundreds of thousands of teenagers in the United States quit high school without diplomas – an epidemic so out of control that nobody knows the exact number. FRONTLINE spent a semester immersed in Sharpstown High to produce an unforgettable portrait of four students in crisis and the teachers, counselors, and principal waging a daily, personal struggle to get them to graduation. A troubling and inspiring journey through the maze of an inner city high school, Dropout Nation investigates the causes, challenges, and potential solutions of a national emergency. Droupout Nation airs at 9 pm September 25th