Highlights July 3-9

KLRU Highlights

On Sunday at 7pm on Dancing On The Edge, follow the band on a private train ride to a picnic arranged by Donaldson. Stanley and Pamela begin an affair, Julian becomes infatuated with Jessie and band manager Wesley is deported. The Prince of Wales hears the band and expresses his approval.

After a Dutch au pair goes missing, Endeavour explores the disparate worlds of Oxford’s scientific academia, the city’s vast parks and the untamed wilderness of Oxfordshire countryside on Endeavour Season 3 On Masterpiece at 8 pm Sunday.

Next at 9:30 pm Sunday on Tunnel, the serial killer steps up his cross-Channel campaign, targeting an elderly victim in his “moral” crusade. The race is on for police in Britain and France to identify and capture the murderer before more lives are brutally lost.

Later at 10:30 pm Sunday on Father Brown, he discovers the truth of a crime by looking into the truth of the soul – the passions, dark secrets, hidden desires.

On Monday, join the festivities for America’s national Independence Day on Capitol Fourth at 7 pm and 8:30 pm. The celebration of our country’s 240th birthday airs live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol before an audience of hundreds of thousands and millions at home.

National Parks Of Texas: In Contact With Beauty at 10 pm Monday  shares how these parks were created and reveals the secrets they hold. Travel with us on a trip around the state and across time to experience the past, present and future of the national parks of Texas.

Tune into Genealogy Roadshow on Tuesday at 7 pm as the team travels to St. Louis’ historic Union Station. The team uncovers fascinating family stories from Missouri. A musician hopes to find connections to a famous St. Louis jazz composer; two sisters explore links to a survivor of the legendary Donner Party; an Italian-American woman finds out if she is related to Italian royalty; and a schoolteacher who has all the answers for her students has very few about her own past.

Later on Greeks at 8 pm Tuesday, watch as ancient Greece’s legacy is invoked in Athens and at the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court. Take a look back at its rise and fall, which might not only help us understand the challenges we face now, but also point toward a better future.

Portrait Of Wally at 9 pm Tuesday the documentary takes you on that journey. The 13-year war over “Wally” was more than a dispute over property stolen from Jews during the Holocaust. It was a battle over history and memory. This time, the truth won.

At 10:30 pm Tuesday, don’t miss FrontlineThe Secret History of ISIS.‘ From veteran Frontline filmmaker Michael Kirk and his team comes the inside story of the creation of ISIS, and how the United States missed the many warning signs. The film uncovers the terror group’s earliest plans, the Islamic radicals who became its leaders, and the American failures to stop ISIS’s brutal rise.

On Wednesday at 7 pm, explore the extremes of true flight: power, acceleration, top speed, maneuverability and endurance. 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. Watch Supernature – Wild FlyersMasters Of The Sky.’

How did massive volcanic eruptions, inland seas, and land bridges pave the way for life?  Find out at 8 pm Wednesday on NOVA Making North America: Life.’

Next at 9 pm Wednesday on 9 Months That Made You, 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.

At 10 pm  Wednesday and Friday 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.

On Thursday at 7pm, Wendy Davis sits down on Overheard with Evan Smith. Davis is a former Democratic Texas State Senator.

At 7:30 pm Thursday, Mental Health Matters brings viewers across the state to meet dozens of urban and rural Texans finding or providing care in innovative ways. This newsmagazine program mixed in-depth documentary reporting, plus analysis and reaction from leading mental health experts.

Next at 8 pm Thursday on The Daytripper, Chet heads to no-man’s land to canoe the “most pristine river in Texas.” On this multi-day canoe trip, he fishes, camps on the banks of this blue river, and learns what it takes to survive in the middle of nowhere.

On The Bletchley Circle at 9 pm Thursday, Alice Merren is in prison awaiting trial for the murder of her former Bletchley Park colleague. Jean, believing Alice is covering for someone, begins to reunite the circle to help establish the innocence of one of their own. The women use the skills honed at Bletchley Park — and take dangerous chances — to try to exonerate Alice. Don’t miss part two of this episode at 10 pm.

At 8 pm Friday on Great British Baking Show, watch the remaining 11 bakers tackle biscuits. Biscotti are the Signature challenge, while the Technical demands puff pastry arlettes. The Showstopper task is to create and build an edible biscuit box filled with 36 biscuits of a different flavor.

As the world’s attention turns to Rio de Janeiro for the August 2016 Olympics, Chef Hubert Keller explores and celebrates Rio’s exciting and vibrant culinary scene at 9 pm Friday on Get Ready To Rio! Special With Hubert Keller.

On Saturday at noon, create romantic cottage style with natives and go for dreamy gardens even on patios and balconies on Central Texas Gardener.

At 7 pm Saturday, Austin City Limits showcases the best alternative rock with Jim James and the Black Angels. My Morning Jacket leader James plays tunes from his debut solo album, while the Angels highlight cuts from their latest LP Indigo Meadow.

Next at 8 pm on Father Brown, he 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.

Follow Endeavour into the disparate worlds of Oxford scientific academia, the city’s vast parks, night school and the untamed wilderness of the Oxfordshire countryside when a Dutch au pair goes missing. Watch on Endeavour Season 3 On Masterpiece at 9 pm.

Vicious Special following at 10 pm, chart a year in the life of Freddie (Ian McKellen) and Stuart (Derek Jacobi) as they enjoy their inheritance and a birthday. Violet (Frances de la Tour) moves on from her divorce and Ash (Iwan Rheon) arrives with news.

 

Arts In Context seeks community input

Arts In Context

Austin is constantly changing. Whether that be its music, food or art scene there is always something trendy around the corner. Which is why Arts In Context is seeking applicants for artists to feature on the award-winning series.

With Arts In Context, KLRU aims to pique curiosity and inspire individuals by spotlighting visual arts, dance, music and culture. Each episode is compelling and character driven.

If you have a story that anyone can be inspired by or can relate to, make sure to apply today. Apply here

Indie America: Our picks from PBS Digital Studios

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This week’s picks from PBS Digital Studios’Indie Amierca‘ will take around the U.S. featuring stories on unique towns across the country.

Story Time in the Heights, Michigan – Indie America

As Michigan native Barbra Lubic began to see the crime and unemployment rate increase in her community, she decided to stand up and make a difference. In this segment, watch Lubic as she helps an entire community simply by offering ice cream and books to children.

Lion Habitat Ranch, Nevada – Indie America

For years Keith Evans has brought his lions daily to the MGM Grand, where they were an attraction for tourist and locals. Now the lions live leisurely at Evans’ ranch south of Las Vegas. The Lion Habitat Ranch is open for visitors of all ages. The owners hope that it will become an attraction that pays for itself one day. In the meantime, it’s a labor of love.

Professor of Scrounge, Texas – Indie America

One man’s trash is another man’s living. Jeff Ferrell is a professor of sociology and criminology, author of numerous books including “Cultural Criminology” and “Empire of Scrounge” and an avid dumpster diver. For Ferrell, combing the trash around Forth Worth, Texas for recyclables and reusable items is more than a hobby, it’s a way of life.

 

 

Q Night at the Movies 6/25

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Remember Hollywood icon Audrey Hepburn in a special program and be on the lookout for rich eligible bachelors with our screening of ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes’ on Q Night at the Movies.

Hollywood IdolsAudrey Hepburn Remembered‘ – airs at 7 pm

Audrey Hepburn was one of movies’ best-loved stars. She was blessed with beauty, talent, an elegant sophistication, and an enduring aura of youthful innocence. Clips capture her commenting on her career, and the family and friendships that were her priority. The program features remembrances from her closest friends and family.

On StoryEpisode #611‘ – airs at 7:30 pm

Austin Film Festival’s ‘On Story’ is a half-hour series that gives a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process of the country’s most beloved movies and TV shows. The show is a mash-up of footage of screenwriter and film-makers discussing their craft and films. Each episode is thematically paired with one or two short films, with an introduction from the film’s writer or director. LA Times film critic Kenneth Turan says: “‘On Story’ is film school in a box, a lifetime’s worth of film-making knowledge squeezed into half-hour packages.”

All-star Film CollectionGentlemen Prefer Blondes‘ – airs at 8 pm

Two showgirls on the lookout for rich eligible bachelors run into numerous complications during a trip to Paris.

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.

Gross Science: Our picks from PBS Digital Studios

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Science is filled with stories; some of them beautiful and some of them are gross. This week’s picks from PBS Digital Studios’Gross Science‘ explore the side of science that you don’t hear in science class!

What Lives In Cheese? – Gross Science

Yes, we know you love cheese but what makes it so delicious? It’s the bacteria, fungi, mites and maggots living in it, of course! So think twice next time you order that plate of ravioli.

Beer Made From Insects: A Gross Vlog – Gross Science 

Did you know your favorite beer is actually made from insects? Scientists are making beer out of yeasts that live on bugs. Yup, you read that correctly.

You Have Mites Living On Your Face – Gross Science

Scratch everything your dermatologist told you about cleansing your face because, right now, there are tiny mites eating, laying eggs, dying and leaking feces on your face.

Eyes On The Prize

Many of us are familiar with civil rights leaders such as Rose Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Many of us are familiar with “Freedom Riders” and the March on Washington.  Yet, there are many other events and individuals that have been captured in the Eyes on the Prize series. And here is an exceptional way to become familiar with many more of the participants and events that defined the civil rights movement.

KLRU will rebroadcast the Eyes on the Prize series starting on Juneteenth 2016. This landmark series will be presented to a new generation of viewers and encourage informed dialogue on today’s civil rights issues. KLRU will air the entire 14-part series along with the half-hour special Eyes on the Prize: Then and Now.

Eyes on the Prize premiered in 1987. This groundbreaking series will return in June 19, 2016. Series 1 and Series 2 will be presented over three Sundays starting at 1:00 pm on KLRU-Austin PBS.

Sunday, June 19
1 pm        Juneteenth Jamboree 2016
1:30 pm   Eyes on the Prize: Then and Now
2-6 pm     Eyes on the Prize episodes 101 102 103 104
6 pm        Eyes on the Prize: Then and Now

Sunday, June 26:
1-3 pm     Eyes on the Prize episodes 105 106
3-6 pm     Eyes on the Prize episodes 201 202 203

Sunday, July 3
1-6 pm     Eyes on the Prize episodes 204 205 206 207 208

The half-hour special, Eyes on the Prize: Then and Now, will re-examine this groundbreaking series from the filmmakers’ perspective and the viewpoint of civil rights activists. The special explores how far we’ve come, how far we have to go, the meaning of the ongoing struggle and next steps towards equality.

Paul Stekler, Chair of Radio-Television-Film at the University of Texas at Austin was the co-producer/director of two of the segments featured on Eyes on the Prize programs #204 and #207. He is also featured in Eyes on the Prize: Then and Now.

Originally produced by Backside, Eyes on the Prize remains the definitive documentary series exploring the civil rights movement. It portrays the story of ordinary people who took extraordinary measures to create a social movement. The television series is one of the most critically acclaimed documentaries on civil rights in America. Eyes on the Prize has won six Emmy Awards and numerous other awards including the top DuPont-Columbia Award for excellence in broadcast journalism.

Through contemporary interviews and historical footage, Eyes on the Prize traces the civil rights movement from the Montgomery bus boycott to the Voting Rights Act; from early acts of individual courage to the mass demonstrations. Julian Bond, political leader and civil rights activist narrates the series.

New PBS Kids “Measure Up” app

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School’s out for summer and that means endless days at the pool, but with the new PBS KIDS’ education phone application children won’t be falling behind anytime soon.

Thursday June 16, PBS KIDS debuted ‘Measure Up!,’ a free app that is designed to help children build math skills and encourage parents to support their learning. Primarily designed for 3 to 5-year-olds, the app builds on measurement skills that feature games, videos and activities from popular PBS KIDS’ series. In addition, parents and caregivers will be able to track progress and find activities through a companion app with tools.
“Given the overwhelming number of apps available, it’s often difficult for parents to find great educational content for their kids,” said Sara DeWitt, Vice President, PBS KIDS Digital. “’PBS KIDS Measure Up!’ not only helps build math skills in a fun learning environment, it also lets parents track the skills in which their kids excel, and the skills where they may need more practice.”

In PBS KIDS Measure Up!, children can visit a world with characters from PBS KIDS’ series DINOSAUR TRAIN, PEG + CAT and SID THE SCIENCE KID. There, they explore concepts of length, width, capacity and weight while collecting rewards through each game or activity. The app thoughtfully sequences different types of media to ensure kids will build math skills. According to PBS KIDS, each game, video and activity has be rigorously tested to ensure a positive learning experience for children.

Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s senior vice president for education and children’s content Debra Sanchez says, “This innovative new app demonstrates public media’s ability to engage children through free, high-quality educational programming across all platforms.”

Bringing parents into the learning adventure, ‘PBS KIDS Measure Up!’ connects with a free companion app for adults: the PBS KIDS Super Vision App for parents. PBS KIDS Super Vision provides parents and caregivers with updates on their kids’ progress throughout the Measure Up! app and shares information and recommendations, suggesting related activities that they can do with their children to build on the skills they are developing. Through these features, parents and caregivers can engage in, better understand and guide their children’s learning.

 

Science Night 6/22

Travel to the Arctic to witness a phenomenon and delve into the history of World War II with KLRU on Science Night!

Great Polar Bear Feastairs at 7 pm

Every year in early September, a natural phenomenon takes place on the south slope of the Arctic. Each year, about 80 polar bears gather on the frozen shores, near the village of Kaktovik, to feast upon the hunter-harvested bowhead whale remains. This film will center on the scientists and wildlife photographers that flock to this small village each year to understand the polar bears and their unusual behavior.

NOVANazi Attack on America‘ – airs at 8 pm 

A sunken German U-boat off the coast of New Orleans tells the story of Operation Drumbeat.

Hitler’s Killer SubsNazi Mega Weapons‘ – airs at 9 pm 

At the beginning of WWII, Germany took victory over many of 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.

Here’s an Idea: Our picks from PBS Digital Studios

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Examine the connections between pop culture, technology and art on this week’s picks from PBS Digital Studios’ Idea Channel.’

Why Are You Ignoring My iMessages?? – Idea Channel

Why are you ignoring my messages? Are read receipts amazing or infuriating? When you check iMessage on your iPhone, iWatch, iMac, iPad and you see a little note that says your friend saw your message, but they aren’t responding. Why are you ignoring my texts?  Also, what’s up with those people with green bubbles? Aren’t they the worst? Join Mike this week on Idea Channel as he takes a deep dive into read receipts and iMessage!

Can You Speak Emoji? – Idea Channel 

Since the popularity of emojis having risen in the past decade, many of these symbols have taken on lives of their own. Which is understandable since no one can get through a text message conversation without using at least one emoji. So does that mean these symbols qualify as a language?

The Vague Horror of Face Swap – Idea Channel 

Face Swapping isn’t new, but it sure is popular these days with things like the Face Swap Challenge, and apps like, FaceSwap Live, MSQRD, and of course, Snapchat. But have you ever noticed that there’s something…weird and horrific about the face swap? Perhaps it’s even an example of the Body Horror genre, especially when face swaps go wrong. Those glitchy face swaps you see on your friend’s story of them having a computer as a face may revealing something about the relationship between humans and computers. What does that say about the way computers see us?