Arts In Context Shorts: Guild of the Silent Sword

“When I was a youth …, I had no idea that there were any major empires, kingdoms or cities or cultures in Africa,” says Da’Mon Stith, founder of the Guild of the Silent Sword. With the goal of recovering and evolving the lost fighting arts of Africa, Stith created the Guild of the Silent Sword as a way to build community and awaken people’s understanding of African culture. He considers sword play “experimental archaeology” and uses it to feel like part of a larger, human story.

 

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Don’t miss American Masters “Patsy Cline” and more during Women’s History Month 2017

KLRU broadcasts programming created by and about people from all cultures year-round, from public affairs to history to independent film to kids programming. In celebration of Women’s History Month, KLRU and KLRU Q will broadcast a special lineup of programs including:

American Masters “Patsy Cline” airs Tuesday, March 7 at 7:00 pm.  Celebrate the life and legacy of the groundbreaking “Crazy” singer who defined modern country music, featuring interviews with LeAnn Rimes, Reba McEntire and others.

American Masters “Maya Angelou” airs Tuesday, March 14 at 8:30 pm.  Journey through the prolific life of the I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings author and activist who inspired generations with lyrical modern African-American thought. Features new interviews with Oprah Winfrey, Common, the Clintons, and others.

American Masters # 2704 “Dorothea Lange” airs Tuesday, March 21 at 7:00 pm.  Explore, through Lange’s granddaughter’s eyes, the life story of the influential “Migrant Mother” photographer. Never-before-seen photos and film footage, family memories and new interviews reveal the artist who challenged America to know itself.

My Love Affair with The Brain…Dr. Marian Diamond airs on Wednesday, March 22 at 9:00 pm.  Catherine Ryan and Gary Weimberg’s film follows Dr. Marian Diamond over a 5-year period and introduces the viewer to both her many scientific accomplishments, who describes her 60-year career researching the human brain as “pure joy.” As one of the founders of modern neuroscience, it’s no exaggeration to say that Dr. Diamond changed science, and society at large in dramatic ways over the course of her career.

To Walk Invisible:  The Bronte Sisters airs on Sunday, March 26 at 8:00 pm.  Charlotte, Emily and Anne Bronte, all unmarried, faced a bleak future. Unable to rely on their alcoholic brother or near-blind father to provide for them, they worked as governesses to privileged and often unruly children. This is the story of how — against all odds — their genius for writing romantic novels was recognized in a male-dominated, 19th-century world.

Independent Lens # 1811 “Ovarian Psycos” airs on Monday, March 27 at 9:00 pm.  Based in the heart of Los Angeles’ Eastside, and building upon the legacy of the Chicano/a and civil rights movement, the irreverently named Ovarian Psycos Cycle Brigade are a ferocious and unapologetic group of young women of color, cycling through the barrios and boulevards of the Eastside, committed to collectively confronting racism and violence, and demanding and creating safe spaces for women.

 

KLRU Q will feature:

On Janis Joplin: American Masters, intimate letters and rare footage shed light on the life of iconic rock singer Janis Joplin, Sunday, March 5 at 9:00 pm.

Patsy Cline: American Masters honors the life and legacy of the groundbreaking singer who defined modern country music, airing Sunday, March 12 at 9:00 pm.

Enemy of the Reich: The Noor Inayat Khan Story is a story about Noor-un-Nisa Inayat Khan, a female radio operator and British spy during World War II, which airs at Thursday, March 16 at 10:00 pm.

Rebel: Voces Special Presentation #105 features Loreta Velasquez, a woman and a Cuban immigrant, secretly served as a soldier during the Civil War, airing at Sunday, March 19 at 6:00 pm.

Suffragettes Forever! The Story of Women and Power is a provocative three-part series in which Professor Amanda Vickery tells the story of the long war to give women an equal share of power in Britain. It was the Edwardian suffragettes who won the vote, but Vickery reveals that they were part of a much longer struggle started in the 18th century. She shows how bloody revolution, working class radicals, love-struck philosophers, campaigners in the sex industry, and, even the humble bicycle, all played a part in tackling the most enduring social injustice. It’s a story that puts the battle for the vote at the turn of the twentieth century in its true context. Vickery argues it’s a war that’s still going on today. This series airs Sunday, March 19. Individual episodes include:

  • 7:00 pm Suffragettes Forever! The Story of Women and Power #101 — The suffragette campaign was the conclusion of a fight women had been waging for hundreds of years.
  • 8:00 pm Suffragettes Forever! The Story of Women and Power #102 — During Queen Victoria’s reign, extraordinary women changed the opportunities of their gender.
  • 9:00 pm Suffragettes Forever! The Story of Women and Power #103 — A look at how the Edwardian suffragette movement became a quasi-terrorist organization.

Calculating Ada: The Countess of Computing is a feature that tells the story of a Victorian-era British socialite, Ada Lovelace, who was one of the world’s earliest computer pioneers, and airs at 10:00 pm.

5 PBS videos you can watch online with your sweetheart

Who knew PBS could be so romantic? We gathered a list of five videos – long and short – that you can stream for free online with a special someone

LOVE – Spy In The Wild

Get an intimate look at the never-before seen emotions of the animal world through the eyes of Spy Creatures brought to you by Nature PBS. Love isn’t exclusive to humans and you’ll learn to love even more through animals experiences from a pack of wild dogs to mating penguins and a herd of elephants.

Listening Is an Act of Love: A StoryCorps Special

In this special, watch some of the best love stories gathered over 10 years of StoryCorps come to life through animation. StoryCorps founder Dave Isay says, “We can learn so much about the people all around us – even about the people we already know – just by taking the time to have a conversation.”

My Gal, Rosemarie

Somewhere on the outskirts of Los Angeles, Rosemarie and Ray pass time in an apartment packed and cluttered with the detritus of a half century of marriage. With their meager social security checks gone straight to covering rent every month and nothing in savings, Ray collects cans to get a little cash together so he can grant Rosemarie her one and only 90th birthday wish: a trip to In-N-Out.

Sweet Tips for Starting Beehives

Gardening is the perfect activity to pick up as a couple and this episode from Central Texas Gardener is sweeter than honey. Get tips on how to make a habitat that’s pollinator friendly and get tips on how to start a beehive.

The couple that gardens together, stays together.

**BONUS PASSPORT VIDEO – Animal Odd Couples

If you have KLRU Passport, Animal Odd Couples is available for you to watch.

Love apparently knows no boundaries in the animal kingdom. Despite the odds, there are countless stories of the most unlikely cross-species relationships imaginable.

Get a look inside Tiny Homes on Arts In Context Shorts

Miniature house builder, Bruce Miller, discusses the origins of his passion for the scaled-down construction and remodeling of petite homes. He explains his process for mini-sized interior design, and the reasoning behind different room furnishings.

 

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.

Highlights August 21-27

KLRU Highlights

Kicking off Sunday at 7 pm is Secrets Of Westminster. From the outside, the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben are the classic London scene, the emblems of British democracy and history. Today, this building stands as a monument to a fair and open political system, but was it always so? This film goes inside its gothic walls and reveals the hidden world of the Houses of Commons and Lords; a world of back-stabbing, intrigue and traditions.

Next at 8 pm on Inspector Lewis, follow Lewis and Hathaway as they investigate a bomb attack that killed an eminent mathematician-a notorious philanderer with many enemies. When a bomb is discovered at his brother’s home, the case moves in another direction.

On this episode of Tunnel, Karl falls apart as the Truth Terrorist’s change of direction becomes unbearable. What will be the cost of catching their man? A hair-raising showdown begins. Watch at 9:30 pm.

Monday, tune into Antiques Roadshow at 7 pm. In 1998, Dr. Ferid Murad of the UT-Houston Medical School won the Nobel Prize in medicine for his work on the cardio-vascular system, while Antiques Roadshow made hearts palpitate with its first visit to H-Town. Fourteen years later, a 19th-century Chinese jade scepter, originally appraised for $1,500 to $2,500, has spiked to a radiantly healthy $50,000 to $80,000, while a 1912 Titanic menu went from a heart-stopping $75,000 to $100,000 to a less pulse-quickening $50,000 to $75,000.

In this documentary, Benjamin Wagner and his brother travel around the country to discover more about the television icon and what he meant by “deep and simple.” Featuring interviews with the late Tim Russert, host of Meet the Press; Susan Stamberg, correspondent for NPR; Marc Brown, author of the children’s book series Arthur; and Linda Ellerbee, host of Nickelodeon’s Nick News, the charming and philosophical documentary Mister Rogers & Me chronicles the brothers’ inspiring journey. Watch at 8 pm Monday.

Next at 9:30 pm on Highwaymen Live At Nassau, join Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson -“the Mt. Rushmore of country music”- for this live concert recorded in 1990. The Highwaymen perform classics like “Big River,” “Me and Bobby McGee” and “Always on My Mind.” See it again on Friday at 10 pm.

Robinson rises from humble origins to integrate Major League Baseball, performing brilliantly despite the threats and abuse he faces on and off the field and, in the process, challenges the prejudiced notions of what a black man can achieve. Watch on Tuesday at 7 pm on Jackie Robinson.

At 9:40 pm on Bonnie & Clyde: American Experience, discover the true story of the most famous outlaw couple in US history. Though their exploits were romanticized, the Barrow gang was believed responsible for at least 13 murders, including two policemen, as well as robberies and kidnappings.

Wednesday at 7 pm, feel the emotion as keepers and carers reunite with the wild animals that were once in their care to learn whether the close interspecies bonds that developed over many years in refuges and orphanages have stood the test of time. Watch on Nature.

At 8:30 pm on Particle Fever, follow six brilliant scientists for the launch of the Large Hadron Collider, built to recreate the conditions of the Big Bang and search for the Higgs boson, marking the start of the biggest and most expensive experiment in the history of the planet.

Thursday, Bryan Cranston sits down on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm. Cranston is a highly acclaimed actor best known for playing Walter White on AMC’s Breaking Bad. He won back-to-back Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for that role. Recent film credits include Trumbo, Argo, and the new HBO film All the Way, in which he plays President Lyndon Johnson. Cranston won a Tony for that role on Broadway.

Offering free, intensive music education to low-income youth, Austin Soundwaves believes firmly in the principle that all students deserve a world-class education in the fine arts. Inspired by El Sistema, a Venezuelan form of music education created to strengthen communities and culture throughout Latin America, the Hispanic Alliance of Performing Arts launched Austin Soundwaves. Watch at 7:30 pm on Arts In Context.

Following at 8 pm on The Daytripper, join Chet as he explores the east side of Texas’s capital city exploring its food trucks, a modern butcher shop, and a house museum that “Keeps Austin Weird.” He visit the Texas State Cemetery with the graves of past Texans including “Father of Texas” Stephen F. Austin, and then pushes his lack of athleticism to the extreme on an obstacle course.

Join Carol Burnett at 8:30 pm for her personally selected favorite moments from her long-running comedy series, including sketches from the first five years of the show not seen in decades. Watch on Carol Burnett’s Favorite Sketches.

Later at 10 pm on Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: 50 Years And Circlin’ Back, celebrate the groundbreaking band’s musical milestones and hits along with special guests Vince Gill, John Prine, Jackson Browne, Alison Krauss, Rodney Crowell, Jerry Jeff Walker, Jimmy Ibbotson, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas and Byron House.

From the internationally famous Dolby Theater in the heart of Hollywood, Andrea Bocelli pays musical tribute to the silver screen in a lush concert of beloved songs from the movies. Joined by Grammy- winning producer David Foster , the renowned tenor performs memorable favorites from blockbuster classics including The Godfather , Scent of a Woman , Dr. Zhivago , Once Upon a Time in America , Breakfast at Tiffany’s and many more. Tune in on Friday at 8 pm on Andrea Bocelli: Cinema.

Later at 10 pm on Highwaymen Live At Nassau Coliseum, join Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson -“the Mt. Rushmore of country music”- for this live concert recorded in 1990. The Highwaymen perform classics like “Big River,” “Me and Bobby McGee” and “Always on My Mind.”

On Central Texas Gardener, pump up the wildlife with drought-tough plants and a front yard design for family fun and food. Tune in at noon on Saturday.

Celebrate the music of award-winning singer/songwriter Christopher Cross in this star-packed special Christopher Cross & Friends at 7pm Saturday.. Joined by Michael McDonald and Mike Love, the Texas native performs his greatest hits.

Revisit treasured moments from Downton Abbey, including new behind-the-scenes clips and interview footage. Celebrate the stellar cast, the superb writing and the spectacular locations on Miss Downton Abbey! at 8:30 pm Saturday.

 

Science Night 8/24

This week on Science Night, join KLRU for a lineup of programs featuring the relationship between animals and one of the most historic experiments of the planet.

NatureAnimal Reunions‘ – airs at 7 pm
Feel the emotion as keepers and carers reunite with the wild animals that were once in their care to learn whether the close interspecies bonds that developed over many years in refuges and orphanages have stood the test of time.

Particle Fever – airs at 8:30 pm
Follow six brilliant scientists for the launch of the Large Hadron Collider, built to recreate the conditions of the Big Bang and search for the Higgs boson, marking the start of the biggest and most expensive experiment in the history of the planet.

BBQ with Franklin: Our picks from PBS Digital Studios

Every Austinite has experienced the enormous line for barbecue at Aaron Franklin’s downtown restaurant Franklin’s Barbecue. In this week’s picks from PBS Digital Studios’ BBQ with Franklin, Franklin himself will share how-to’s on some of his favorite recipes – no line included.

Beef Jerky – BBQ with Franklin

Looking for a quick and easy snack? In this segment, Franklin will teach you how to prepare and make your own delicious beef jerky.

Smokin’ Sausage – BBQ with Franklin

Sausage is a staple in Central Texas barbecue, and there’s not much to it! In this episode, Franklin will teach you his method of smoking sausage and see the difference between a perfectly cooked sausage and an overcook sausage.

Beef Ribs – BBQ with Franklin 

Join Franklin as he takes you step by step into preparing mouth-watering ribs!

Learn about Everyday Miracles on KLRUQ 8/9 & 8/16

Demonstrating that the everyday and mundane are often anything but, the engrossing documentary Everyday Miracles reveals how raw materials are transformed into the objects that make modern life more comfortable.

Over the course of this two-part program, host Mark Miodownik reveals the scientific discoveries and fascinating industrial processes behind everything from the cars we drive to the clothes we wear to the furniture we sit on.

Homeairs Aug. 9 at 8 pm
Professor Mark Miodownik shows us what is so great about “stuff.” So many of the goods around us, which we likely take for granted, are revealed to be little pieces of domestic magic: everyday miracles. On the road and in the lab with explosive experiments, Mark reveals why the everyday and even the mundane is anything but.

Awayairs Aug. 16 at 8 pm
Professor Mark Miodownik looks at how materials allow us to indulge our curiosity about the world, enabling us to go further and travel faster. He looks at how the bicycle suddenly stirred a national gene pool, why we should all be grateful for exploding glass and what levitation has to do with discovering your inner self.