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.

Science Night 8/31


Love animals? Make sure to catch our lineup of programs featuring beavers and creatures of the sea. Only on Science Night!

NatureLeave It To Beavers‘ – airs at 7 pm
Once valued for their fur or hunted as pests, these industrious rodents are seen in a new light through the eyes of this novel assembly of beaver enthusiasts and “employers” who reveal the ways in which the presence of beavers can transform and revive landscapes. Using their skills as natural builders and brilliant hydro-engineers, beavers are being recruited to accomplish everything from finding water in a bone-dry desert to recharging water tables and coaxing life back into damaged lands.

NOVACreatures Of Light‘ – airs at 8:30 pm
NOVA and National Geographic take a dazzling dive to explore how and why so many of the ocean’s creatures light up-revealing a hidden undersea world where creatures flash, sparkle, shimmer or simply glow.

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.

Science Night 7/13

Tune into Science Night for another episode of Supernature – Wild Flyers, more exploration into the making of our nation and the final steps of becoming human.

Supernature – Wild FlyersCrowded Skies‘ – airs at 7 pm 

The sky is a crowded world where mammals, birds and insects hunt, escape, mate, defend territory, sleep and even die on the wing. Survival up there depends not just on beating gravity or mastering flight, but also out-flying the competition.

NOVAMaking North America: Human‘ – airs at 8 pm 

How has the land shaped our lives, from the arrival of the first Americans to today? Find out on Science Night!

9 Months That Made You The Final Countdown‘ – airs at 9 pm 

Meet the miracle that is you. See how your time in the womb, as your senses mature, has determined your destiny on the outside. Survey the latest epigenetic research that shows how the womb environment leaves its mark, even altering your DNA.

Science Night 7/6

Explore how birds fly, how North America was made and learn how you became a unique individual on KLRU’s Science Night.

Supernature – Wild FlyersMasters Of The Sky‘ – airs at 7 pm

Many animals take to the skies for a split second, but to stay there, the planet’s strongest flyers push the laws of physics to the limit. Explore the extremes of true flight: power, acceleration, top speed, maneuverability and endurance.

NOVAMaking North America: Life‘ – airs at 8 pm

How did massive volcanic eruptions, inland seas, and land bridges pave the way for life? Fine out on Science Night!

9 Months That Made YouOne Of A Kind‘ – airs at 9 pm 

Learn how you became the unique individual you are. No two people-even “identical” twins-are identical. Through riveting examples, explore how you reached your height, how your face was formed, why you’re likely right-handed, even your sexuality.


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.

Science Night 6/29

How do animals fly? How was North America made? How do we become human? The answers will be revealed on Science Night!

Supernature – Wild FlyersDefying Gravity‘ – airs at 7 pm

How do birds and insects fly? It’s a questions that has fascinated us for years. From leapers to gliders and those that effortlessly fly for hours, each creature has special techniques. But all must overcome a powerful force – gravity.

NOVAMaking North America‘ – airs at 8 pm

Experience the colossal geologic forces that shaped our continent over 3 billion years.

9 Months That Made YouThe First 8 Weeks‘ – airs at 9 pm

Follow the story of how, from a fertilized egg, you took on human form in the womb. 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.

Science Night 6/15

Endangered ecosystems, earthquakes and volcanos oh my! Join KLRU on Science Night for a lineup of three back-to-back special programs starting at 7 pm.

Best of Big Blue Liveairs at 7 pm 

Join scientists, animal behaviorists and other experts in Monterey Bay, California, to view its once endangered, now thriving, ecosystem, where nature’s most charismatic marine creatures gather to feed on an abundance of food.

NOVADeadliest Earthquakes‘ – airs at 8 pm

In exclusive coverage, a NOVA camera crew follows a team of US geologists as they first enter Haiti in the immediate aftermath of the 2010 epic earthquake. In a coastal town devastated by the rushing wave, NOVA follows a team of geologists as they battle aftershocks to measure the displacement caused by the earthquake. Could their work, and the work of geologists at earthquake hot-spots around the U.S., one day lead to a breakthrough in predicting quakes before they happen? NOVA investigates new leads in its investigation of a deadly scientific conundrum.

Life On FirePhoenix Temple‘ – airs at 9 pm 

Around the Masaya Volcano in Nicaragua, life has struggled for thousands of years to re-emerge from the ashes. At the foot of the volcano, fields, pastures and towns have grown over the oldest lava flows. In this harsh environment, nature struggles to conquer ash and lava before the next eruption erases its efforts … and the phoenix must rise again.

Science Night 6/8

This week on Science Night, go deep into the Sahara Desert and discover a 10,000-year-old human civilization, uncover the chilling reality of cyberwar and explore the data revolution.

Join Paul Sereno on Skeletons Of The Sahara at 7 pm as he and a team of archeologists discover remnants of people that lived 10,000 to 5,000 years ago. This program reveals to us what it was like for the two civilizations that once thrived in what is the world’s biggest desert.

Next on Science Night, tune into  at 8 pm and uncover the unreported detail in which cyber weapons can inflict physical damage on our factories, power plants and pipelines… leaving us vulnerable to attacks.

Closing Science Night at 9 pm, the future of nanotechnology, search for life beyond earth and the science of light are discussed on Ted Talks Science and Wonder.

Highlights May 8-13

KLRU Highlights

On Call the Midwife Episode #506, see the consequences of a woman’s decision not to report a rape and a mother’s decision to conceal her daughter’s pregnancy. Sunday at 7 p.m., Shelagh and Timothy secretly organize a long-overdue family camping holiday.

Sunday at 8 p.m., the case of a missing Swede in South Africa leads Wallander down a dangerous path on Wallander Season 4 On Masterpiece The White Lioness. Worst of all, he’s having blackouts.

The Whiteleys deal starts to look bad on Mr. Selfridge Season 4 On Masterpiece Episode 7. A reporter confronts Jimmy. Grove undertakes a good deed and a new project before retiring. Harry and Mae also retire. Tune in Sunday at 9 p.m.!

On Independent Lens Peace Officer, Meet Dub Lawrence, a crusading former sheriff whose investigations highlight the increasingly militarized state of American police. Monday at 8 p.m., learn how he established Utah’s first SWAT team, only to see that same unit kill his son-in-law in a controversial standoff.

Meet two Christians – an Evangelical anti-abortion activist and an African-American mother whose son was murdered – who find common ground in the fight against the rising tide of gun violence on Independent Lens The Armor Of Light Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Hosted by Carlos Watson, founder of the the news site, Point Taken Episode #105 will feature a debate about current hot-button issues Tuesday at 10 p.m.

Tuesday at 10 p.m., review a transitional year in the life of farmer, slow food advocate and sansei David “Mas” Masumoto, and his relationship with his daughter Nikiko, who returns to the family farm with the intention of stepping into her father’s work boots on Changing Season: On The Matsumoto Family Farm.

Wednesday at 7 p.m., earn the value of teamwork among animal partners, even ones as odd but perfect as hippo and fish on Nature Nature’s Perfect Partners. Sea and land animals collaborate using brainpower to solve complex problems and stay alive.

Wednesday at 8 p.m., join NOVA Bombing Hitler’s Supergun as engineers, archaeologists, and WWII historians investigate Hitler’s supergun. And discover the two audacious missions designed to destroy the seemingly impregnable supergun complex, one of which is led by none other than Joseph Kennedy, Jr.

In the first two years of the war, Hitler’s Germany crushes its enemies in a series of lightning offensives. A new word is coined to describe this incredible string of successes; ‘Blitzkrieg’ or ‘Lightning War’. Learn about Hitler’s technical prowess on Nazi Mega Weapons Blitzkrieg Wednesday at 9 p.m.

Wednesday and Friday at 10 p.m. on Austin City Limits Gary Clark Jr./Courtney Barnett. experience the contemporary R&B of Austin’s Gary Clark Jr. as he plays songs from his album The Story of Sonny Boy Slim. Rocking Australian singer/songwriter Courtney Barnett performs tunes from her LP Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit.

On Overheard with Evan Smith Jeffrey Goldberg, Smith interviews the a national correspondent for The Atlantic Thursday at 7 p.m. Goldberg’s most recent Atlantic article was a long-read on President Obama’s foreign policy legacy called “The Obama Doctrine.” It appears in the magazine’s April 2016 issue.

On Stories of the Mind The Critical Years, four stories from young adults show a range of mental health experiences Thursday at 7:30 p.m. This is a critical age, marked by major life transitions at a time when many disorders tend to manifest.

Stories of the Mind Ways To Wellness will show you five ways for every viewer to achieve optimum mental fitness, told through the personal experiences of fascinating, diverse characters Thursday at 8 p.m.

On The Daytripper New Braunfels, Tx, Chet explores this old German town built along two pristine rivers Thursday at 8:30 p.m.

Watch Civic Summit Austin’s Latino Identity, a townhall examining challenges and celebrating contributions made by Austin’s Latino population Thursday at 9 p.m.

On Austin Revealed El Despertar, explore the struggle of the Chicano movement as the Mexican-American community in Austin, TX unites to fight for quality education, equal representation, and respect for their diverse culture Thursday at 10 p.m.

On American Masters Janis Joplin, observe Janis Joplin’s life through intimate letters and rare footage in the first in-depth celebration of the iconic rock singer Friday at 8 p.m.

Style up with indoor succulents as living decor and meet Army base families uniting around gardens on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Experience an hour of contemporary hip-hop from a Grammy-nominated superstar on Austin City Limits Kendrick Lamar. The Compton rapper plays songs from his acclaimed LP, To Pimp a Butterfly, alongside his hits Saturday at 7 p.m.