Highlights July 17-23

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On this week’s episode of Dancing On The Edge, learn why Louis doubts Julian’s story about his trip to Paris the night Jessie was attacked. When racist Germans walk out during the band’s performance at the hotel, Stanley devises a plan to get revenge. Lady Cremone relays news about Jessie. Watch on Sunday at 7 pm.

Kevin Whately and Laurence Fox return for a seventh season of the Inspector Lewis series. The crime is a complicated one that bridges the worlds of neurosurgery, blood sports and animal rights. Lewis, struggling to adapt to retired life, jumps at the chance to rejoin the force when Superintendent Innocent seeks his help. With Lewis back on the team, will they be able to solve the mystery? Tune in at 8 pm.

Next at 9:30 pm on Tunnel, the “Truth Terrorist”‘s third “truth” begins as Benji carries out his Samurai mission. Sophie’s life is now at stake and police believe they can use her to stop the terrorist’s rampage. Karl gets more than he bargained for while visiting Charlotte.

Following at 10:30 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.

Tune in for gavel-to-gavel primetime coverage of the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff co-anchor for PBS NewsHour in partnership with NPR. Coverage will also be available via live streaming. Watch Monday-Thursday at 7 pm.

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. Watch on Friday on Washington Week with Gwen Ifill at 7 pm.

Next at 8 pm on Great British Baking Show, see how the remaining contestants bake without sugar, gluten or dairy. In the Signature challenge, they create a variety of sugar-free cakes. Gluten-free pitas are in store for the Technical, and the Showstopper features dairy-free ice cream rolls.

Stay tuned for another episode of Great British Baking Show at 9 pm. Enter the competition tent to see the bakers prove their pastry skills, first with frangipane tarts in the Signature. The Technical throws them into uncharted territory with a mystery pastry: flaouna. The Showstopper demands bite-sized vol-au-vents.

At 10 pm on Austin City Limits, Austin’s best alternative rock shines with Spoon and White Denim. Top 10-seller Spoon highlights its album They Want My Soul, while White Denim features its LP Corsicana Lemonade.

Conserve water in wicking beds and see which tomatoes win the tastiest test. Watch on Saturday on Central Texas Gardener at noon.

Later at 7 pm, Austin City Limits presents modern roots rock with Jason Isbell and Neko Case. Isbell performs tunes from his acclaimed LP Southeastern, while Case sings songs from her latest album.

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.

Kevin Whately and Laurence Fox return for a seventh season of the Inspector Lewis series at 9 pm. The crime is a complicated one that bridges the worlds of neurosurgery, blood sports and animal rights. Lewis, struggling to adapt to retired life, jumps at the chance to rejoin the force when Superintendent Innocent seeks his help. With Lewis back on the team, will they be able to solve the mystery?

Foyle’s War, Series VII.” Michael Kitchen and Honeysuckle Weeks return in three episodes of this detective series. Set in post-war 1946-47, Foyle (Kitchen) and his loyal friend Sam (Weeks) find themselves adjusting to a new era of secrets, intelligence and security as their worlds shift into those of MI5. Tune in at 10: 30 pm.

 

In the Studio: Jane Harman tapes Overheard 7/25

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Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Jane Harman. 

Date: Monday, July 25

Time: 12:45 pm (Doors open at 12:15 pm)

Location: KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)

RSVP: The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP Now. (Entrance is based on capacity)

unnamedJane Harman is a former US Representative for California’s 36th district. After resigning from Congress in 2011, Harman joined the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars as its first female President and CEO. During her nine terms in Congress she served on the Armed Services, Intelligence and Homeland Security committees. Harman is the recipient of numerous awards for distinguished service, including the CIA Agency Seal Medal and the CIA Director’s Award.

Postcards From the Great Divide: A new short film series

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This week PBS Election 2016 initiative and The Washington Post released, Postcards from the Great Divide, a series of nine documentaries examining the deeply partisan split among the American electorate.

On July 11, the first five Postcards launched simultaneously on PBS’ Election 2016 website and on The Washington Post’s political vertical The Fix. Later this summer, the following four documentaries will launch and all nine Postcards will broadcast on PBS World Channel. Watch online now

Each Postcards takes place in a different American city to help provide a greater understanding of how changing demographics and political self-sorting will continue to have a profound effect on American politics for years to come.

According to the Political Postcards website, each documentary brings a specific political issue to life, and provides an in-depth look at a specific demographic or partisan environment. Black voters in Florida hesitating to vote; urban and rural Minnesota residents distancing themselves based on political views; Wisconsin ex-legislators ruing the intense ideological splits that have turned the once congenial state into a partisan battleground – stories like these come alive in the hands of a roster of talented documentary filmmakers.

Postcards from the Great Divide is brought to you by the award-winning team of Louis Alvarez, Andrew Kolker, and Paul Stekler, who have been responsible for some of the most respected political documentaries of the past twenty years. They are two-time Peabody Award and three-time DuPont-Columbia Award winning creators of such films as Vote for Me: Politics in America, Getting Back to Abnormal, and People Like Us.

Funding comes from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and Latino Public Broadcasting. Midnight Films and the Center for New American Media will produce.

Save the Date: POV Screening Thank You for Playing 7/12

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Join us on July 12 as we continue our POV Documentary Series with the heartfelt documentary Thank You for Playing.

ThankYouForPlayingWeb-300x225When Ryan Green, a video game programmer, learns that his young son Joel has cancer, he and his wife begin documenting their emotional journey with a poetic video game. Thank You for Playing follows Ryan and his family over two years creating “That Dragon, Cancer,” which evolves from a cathartic exercise into a critically acclaimed work of art that sets the gaming industry abuzz. Lauded as “unimaginably intimate” by The New Yorker, the film is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the unique ways that art and technology can help us share profound experiences.

This event is FREE and open to the public.

RSVP here.

Highlights KLRU-Q 7/8

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Fly away with KLRU-Q with four binge worthy programs featuring the life of birds!

Wild! “The Secret Routes of Migratory Birds” – airs at 8:05 pm 

One man leads a group of young geese on their first ever migration in an attempt to discover why fewer birds are making the pilgrimage. This is the story of Christian Moullec, filmmaker and bird obsessive. After he incubates, hatches and raises a flock of geese they imprint upon him, following him wherever he goes.

Secret Life of Pigeons airs at 9 pm 

Every day, pigeons aimlessly walk and fly around cities, much to the ire of the urban citizen. Behind the pigeon’s seemingly mindless doddering, pecking and plodding is a secret life and a noble past. Secret Life of Pigeons gives a whole new perspective on these misunderstood urban creatures, revealing their complexity, intelligence and incredible contributions to humankind. From scientific starting point to high society entertainer, this program sheds light on a misunderstood bird, recovering their former glory and capturing their lives in ways never seen before.

From Billions to None: The Passenger Pigeon’s Flight to Extinctionairs at 10 pm 

The centenary of this recent extinction offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for this film to sharply focus new attention on habitat conservation and species survival-and help us avoid the fate of the passenger pigeon for future species. With cutting-edge CGI animation techniques, From Billions to None will recreate the glory of passenger pigeons in flight as well as the ways in which our 19th century ancestors destroyed them all- with ruthless, no-limits shooting.

Lost Bird Projectairs at 11 pm 

The Lost Bird Project charts sculptor Todd McGrain’s efforts to memorialize five birds – the Great Auk, Carolina Parakeet, Labrador Duck, Passenger Pigeon and Heath Hen – driven to extinction in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The captivating nature documentary follows McGrain and his brother-in-law, Andy, as they embark on a road trip in search of the last-known locations of the birds and seek permission to install McGrain’s six-foot-tall bronze sculptures on those sites.

KLRUQ Sunday Highlights 7/10

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How did America make its way toward becoming one of the greatest nations on the planet? This Sunday on KLRUQ, find out how American made its way to the top through its landscapes, highways and the journey of Lewis and Clark.

Wild West with Ray MearsMountains‘ – airs at 6:05 pm
Ray begins his westward journey in the Appalachian Mountains where he explores how their timbered slopes fuelled the lumber industry and provided the fuel and building material for the emerging nation. Native Appalachian Barbara Woodall and lumberjack Joe Currie share their family history with him, and he gets to grips with the rare “hellbender” salamander. Further west, in the high jagged peaks of the Rocky Mountains, Ray goes mule trekking with modern day mountain man Stu Sorenson and he has close encounters with beaver, elk and black bear. His journey ends as he pans for gold with modern day gold prospector John Gurney, and explores the boom and bust story of ghost town, Bodie.

Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery airs at 7 pm
In 1801, when President Thomas Jefferson bought the Louisiana Territory from Napoleon, he doubled the country’s size. The sudden western expansion of the United States–and rumors of a Northwest Passage that would link the Atlantic with the Pacific–motivated Jefferson to find the great byway to the West. He appropriated $2,500 for the journey and commissioned his secretary, Meriwether Lewis, to the task of revealing the West. Lewis asked his old friend, William Clark, and a group of rough frontiersmen to join the expedition, now called the Corps of Discovery. This Ken Burns documentary chronicles the challenges, frustrations and anxiety that faced the Corps of Discovery — their encounters with Native Americans, the new animals and plant life they discovered, their historic pairing with Sacagawea, and their crossing of the Continental Divide.

Paving The Way: The National Park-To-Park Highwayairs at 9 pm
At a time when train travel to the National Parks was only for the wealthy, this program follows the convergence of U.S. Land being set aside for all people, the development of the “autos for the everyman” and the need to escape the drone of WWI and the 1918 flu pandemic. With this need for release, 12 intrepid motorists embark upon the 1920 inaugural tour of the National Park-to-Park Highway. Traveling 5, 000 miles over 76 days to promote the need for good roads, these individuals also explore the idea of what it means to ‘See America First’ while touring in the western United States, instead of visiting their ancestry in war torn Europe.

PBS 2016 Online Film Festival

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For the past four years the PBS Online Film Festival has delivered some of the most powerful and engaging stories from filmmakers across the country. Now, attracting more than 1.5 million video stream in its first four years as well as nominations in the Webby Awards, PBS will return for a fifth year on July 11-29, 2016.

Since its launch in 2012, the PBS Online Film Festival has featured diverse films from PBS member stations and ITVS and POV. Starting July 11, viewers can once again watch, vote and share their favorites. This year’s festival includes collaborations with a wide variety of public television producers, including the Center for Asian American Media, Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB), National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC), Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC), Wisconsin Media Lab and Vision Maker Media.

Beginning July 11, the festival will be available via PBS and station digital platforms, including PBS.org, YouTube and PBS social media channels. All 25 independent films will also be available via the PBS app on iOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku and FireTV devices.

Viewers are encouraged to watch, share and vote for their favorite film by going to: pbs.org/filmfestival. The film with the most votes will receive the “PBS People’s Choice” award. Additionally, for the first time ever, viewers can vote for their favorite film by logging onto their Facebook or Twitter account and sharing their favorite film titles using the #PBSolff. For updates on the festival, follow #PBSolff on Twitter.

KLRU has three local films competing this year: The Superlative Light, Peppermint and The Scar.

 

The Superlative Light
by Ben Steinbauer
Documentary photographer, Robert Shults, went from being a homeless
dreamer to a home-owning artist after taking photos of the brightest
light source in the known universe, a laser in basement of the physics
department at The University of Texas.

Peppermint
by Jay Hubert
6-year-old Samantha must convince her father to take her favorite pet
with them as they move away from their Texas farm.

The Scar
by Brittney Shepherd
Confined by the oppressive summer heat, a single-minded mother, and
the limits of girlhood, a young girl’s outing to the corner store
stirs an unexpected self-realization.

 

 

Highlights: Michael Mosley and Pleasure and Pain 7/5

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Follow Michael Mosley on KLRU-Q for binge worthy episodes of Make Me and Pleasure and Pain.

Make Me ‘Smart‘ – airs at 8 pm

Michael has an IQ of 135. We’re told there are lots of ways we can increase our intelligence – from drugs, to the things we eat and the music we listen to. Can Michael boost his score by 12 points in order to secure a place in Mensa, the society for bright people? Michael meets contestants in the UK Memory Championships to find out. He travels to institutes in America which use training, combined with specific diet and exercise to nurture intelligence in babies. But according to ‘America’s smartest man’ Chris Langan, intelligence is innate. He participates in a neurofeedback session and plays specially designed video games – all in a bid to up his IQ. But will it work?

Make Me ‘Stay Awake‘ – airs at 8:50 pm 

We all crave more sleep, but with scientific advancements, do we now really need it? Michael has learned that a new wave of drugs promises to do for sleep what the contraceptive pill did for sex – unshackle it from nature. He goes on a journey to experience what it’s like to put aside the conventional eight hours sleep – and keep awake for as long as possible. He meets the world record breaker Tony Wright who can go up to 12 days without sleep; dips into the world of sleep endurance competitions; and in Canada meets a man who claims that a recent pharmaceutical invention, Modafinil, allows him to fully function and work a 20-hour day with just a few naps.

Make Me ‘Live Forever‘ – airs at 9:40 pm 

Global warming, wars, economic meltdown… While the future of our species seems to be hanging by a thread, the future for individuals looks bright. Michael goes on a journey to the logical conclusion of modern medicine: triumph over death. He visits Cambridge academic Aubrey de Grey who is offering prize money for the scientist who can most effectively rejuvenate ageing mice. But Michael wants more than longevity – he is seeking immortality. He witnesses the application of stem cell work – restoring vision, constructing new organs – which offers the chance of replacing body parts. And using the latest research, some of Michael’s cells are made immortal.

Pleasure and Pain – airs at 10:30 pm

With his customary wit, wisdom and willingness to get involved, Michael Mosley gets to grips with the fascinating worlds of pleasure and pain. Teasing out the precise neural circuitry that allows us to experience pleasure, Michael discovers how pleasure is at the root of our ability to make sense of the world, and how it reinforces healthy behaviours such as eating, having sex and keeping warm. Michael talks to new parents high on the pleasure hormone oxytocin; challenges his fear of heights with the thrill-seekers who jump 220 metres off a dam for fun; and meets a woman who turned her own wedding into a science experiment to try to find out how much pleasure she was feeling. He also investigates the inextricable link between pleasure and pain, eating a year’s worth of chocolate to investigate the precise moment when pleasure turns to pain and finding out what effect a reward has on our ability to tolerate pain.

A new monthly series beginning 7/9: Science Goes To The Movies

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It seems as if science has taken over everything nowadays, right? Everywhere you turn you’re faced with the fact that science – or science fiction, if you’re into that- is the ‘now’ thing. Hollywood has caught on to this and have formulated some of today’s beloved films such as Interstellar, Birdman and The Theory of Everything.

Here at KLRU we’re just as fascinated with scientific disciplines as Hollywood, which is why a new monthly series is coming to KLRUQ this July! Science Goes To The Movies, co-hosted by Faith Salie and Dr. Heather Berlin, will explore the science in contemporary motion pictures.

Salie is a television and national public radio host, political and pop culture commentator (CBS Sunday Morning), interviewer, journalist and actor. Dr. Berlin is an American neuroscientist.

Each episode will feature different guests drawn from different scientific backgrounds, illuminating scientific truths or imaginings in films such as The Imitation Game, Mad Max: Fury Road and The Silence Of The Lambs.

Birdman, Interstellar and The Theory Of Everythingairs July 3 at 12 am and July 9 at 7 pm
What’s the deal with hallucinations and black holes? In this episode, Salie and Dr. Berlin sit down with Dr. Emily Rice for an in-depth look at the science in these 2015 top films.

The Imitation Game and Into The Woodsairs July 10 at 12 am and July 16 at 7 pm
Cryptologist Rosario Genarro joins us on this episode of Science at the Movies. Together, we will discuss pattern recognition in the work of both Alan Turing and Stephen Sondheim.

The Lazarus Effect and Kingsman: The Secret Serviceairs July 17 at 12 am and July 23 at 7 pm
In this week’s episode, co-hosts Salie and Dr. Berlin are joined by renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson – Director of The American Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium – to discuss how Hollywood depicts scientists, particularly in current movies such as The Lazarus Effect and Kingsman: The Secret Service

Kingsman: The Secret Service and Particle Feverairs July 24 at 12 am and July 30 at 7 pm
Dr. Berlin, Salie and astrophysicist deGrasse Tyson continue their conversation of Kingsman: The Secret Service as well as how scientists and science it self are depicted in the 2013 documentary Particle Fever.

Force Majeure and Rosewaterairs July 31 at 12 am and Aug. 6 at 7 pm
What does fear do to the bran, to the body and how does it affect our decision making? This week Dr. Berlin and Salie sit down with journalist Ira Flatow as they discuss the Swedish film Force Majeure and Jon Stewart’s Rosewater for a discussion of visceral fear.

American Sniper and Grand Torinoairs Aug. 7 and Aug. 13 at 7 pm
Gerard Ilaria, from Weill Cornell Medical Center’s Headstrong Project, and Derek Coy, a U.S. Marine Corp veteran join us on this week’s episode of Science Goes To The Movies to discuss post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as it relates to Clint Eastwood’s films American Sniper and Grand Torino.

Fifty Shades Of Grey, Fatal Attraction and Last Tango In Parisairs Aug. 14 and Aug. 20 at 7 pm
Helen Fisher, a Senior Research Fellow at the Kinsey Institute and Chief Scientific Advisor for Match.com joins Dr. Berlin and Salie on this week’s episode of Science At The Movies. The three will discuss sex and its effect on perception in these films.

Ex Machina and Blade Runnerairs Aug. 21 and Aug. 27 at 7 pm
The 2015 film Ex Machina and 1982’s Blade Runner will be featured on this week’s episode. Christof Koch, President and Chief Scientific Officer of the Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle, joins us for a discussion of artificial intelligence and the fluid nature of consciousness in these films.

Welcome To Me, The Jinx and The Silence Of The Lambs airs at Aug. 28 and Sept. 3 at 7 pm
Co-hosts Faith Salie and neuroscientist Dr. Heather Berlin discuss madness in the films and TV shows Welcome to Me, starring Kristen Wiig, HBO’s The Jinx, The Silence Of The Lambs, and in part of Game of Thrones.

Star Trek, Star Wars and Fantastic Fourairs Sept. 4 and Sept.10 at 7 pm
Dr. Berlin and Salie are joined by City College physics professor Vinod Menon to discuss how light is used and portrayed in Star Wars, Star Trek and Fantastic Four.

Mad Max: Fury Roadairs Sept. 11 and Sept. 17 at 7 pm
The science of cars and engines are discussed in this episode as automotive engineer and Future Fuels Technology CEO Art Vatsky sit down with Dr. Berlin and Salie.

Ballers and Everestairs Sept. 18 and Sept. 24 at 7 pm
Retired Giants linebacker Carl Banks comes by to talk about the HBO series Ballers, the neurological underpinnings of teamwork, and why humans like to watch other humans engage in risky or dangerous behaviors.

Zom-beesairs Sept. 25 at 7 pm
Mark Siddall, parasitologist and curator at the American Museum of Natural History talks the science and history of both real and fictional zombies.

Hinterland to join KLRUQ British Drama Night starting 7/4

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The United Kingdom may be leaving the European Union, but looks like a new British drama is entering British Drama Night on KLRU-Q starting July 4. Hinterland, replaces Whitechapel, will be added to the lineup, which currently includes Death In Paradise, Detectorists and Luther.

Death In Paradiseairs at 8:05 pm 

Sent to the tiny island of Saint-Marie to solve a mysterious murder, Detective Inspector Richard Poole is a total fish out of water. He can’t get out of there fast enough, but there’s a job to do and he does it brilliantly. His reward – a permanent posting to the island, his own personal hell on Earth. He may be stuck there, but he’s not going to let his standards slip. He’ll bring British rigor to this relaxed Caribbean workplace.

Detectoristsairs at 9 pm 

Andy has been thinking about internet dating. Not for him, but for his friend Lance, who’s still not over his ex-wife. Meanwhile, a mysterious stranger arrives to tempt the Danebury Metal Detecting Club in more ways than one.

Lutherairs at 9:30 pm

When an art dealer’s wife is taken hostage at gunpoint, Luther leads a tense investigation. The hostage takers want payment in diamonds so, stalling for time, Luther substitutes a bag of replacement diamonds from the Serious Crime Unit’s evidence safe. Luther and DCI Reed are on hand to arrest the gang members picking up the gems, but when everything starts to unravel Luther begins to suspect that even Reed has double-crossed him.

Hinterlandairs at 10:25 pm 

A noir crime drama in the scenic, centuries-old town of Aberystwyth, Wales. The area is a natural crucible of colliding worlds – a place where history, myth and tradition come face-to-face with modern life – but its panoramic vistas and quaint facade hide a multitude of sins.