GIF or GIF: Our Picks from PBS Digital Studios

Here’s an idea, check out this week’s pick from PBS Digital Studios’ Idea Channel!

Do You Pronounce it GIF or GIF?

So. Whether you like it or not, when you say the word G-I-F, especially on the internet, people are gonna talk about it. Some will correct you, some will correct the people correcting you, it’s the same conversation every time. Over and over and over. Which is why Mike proposed a third pronunciation way back when: Zhaif, or in the IPA: ʒaɪf.

The Art Assignment: Our Picks from PBS Digital Studios

What’s the deal with artists nowadays? What exactly defines an artist? And what does an artist define in the process?

This week from PBS Digital StudiosThe Art Assignment figure out what makes these following artists unique!

The Case For Andy Warhol

You’ve heard his name. You’ve seen the Campbell’s Soup cans. You might know something about The Factory. But perhaps you’ve wondered why Andy Warhol gets so much attention or why his work even matters. What’s the deal with Warhol, and is he worth your time and consideration? Here’s your answer.

The Case For Kanye 

Kanye West was given an honorary doctorate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in May of 2015, and more than a couple of people questioned it. But why? Why shouldn’t Kanye be taken seriously in the world of art? Here’s our case for Kanye as an artist.

The Case For Yoko Ono 

Yoko Ono was an established artist before most of the world heard of her in 1968, and she continues to make groundbreaking work to this day. Who is Yoko Ono? What is her work? And why should you take her seriously?

The Case For Mark Rothko 

Rectangles after rectangles after rectangles. Rothko was a truly prolific artist who found his groove painting hazy swatches of color and stuck with it until the very end. Maybe you’ve wondered what the point of it all is, or why he did seemingly the same thing over and over again.

It’s Okay To Be Smart: Our Pick from PBS Digital Studios

Animals, animals and more animals! This week from PBS Digital Studios‘ ‘It’s Okay To Be Smart‘ we’re showing you the cute lives of otters, squirrels and even Bigfoot!

A Sea Otter’s Adorable Adoption Story 

Otters are more than just cute, adorable little fuzzballs, they are one of the greatest conservation success stories of all time. Sea otters are a keystone species, meaning that an entire ecosystem depends on their presence. After they were nearly hunted to extinction for their dense fur, sea urchins (the otters’ favorite food) nearly destroyed the Pacific kelp forests, a habitat that hundreds of species rely on for food and shelter.

Thanks to the hard work of conservation scientists at places like the Monterey Bay Aquarium, sea otter populations are on their way back. Here’s the story of one orphaned sea otter pup’s journey back to the wild

Could Bigfoot REALLY Exist?

You’ve seen the acclaimed ‘real life’ footage of Bigfoot. You’ve probably even seen scientist dig up the footprints of the beast too. But, so far, scientists haven’t been able to prove or disprove the existence of Bigfoot.

The world is a pretty big place and a lot has already been discovered, but as recent as 2013 scientists discovered a new species. Actually, a lot of of species have been discovered due to folklore – so who’s to say Bigfoot doesn’t exist?

How Do Squirrels Find Their Nuts?

How do squirrels remember where they hid their nuts? Some said it was a combination of a squirrels intuition and a tad bit of luck. However, when scientists took a closer look they realized squirrels return to their own hole despite other squirrels having hid their nuts in the same area. Squirrels even create decoy holes when it comes to food this is scarce! Find out more on this episode of It’s Okay To Be Smart.

Does My Dog Know What I’m Thinking? 

 

Do you ever talk to your dog? Do they ever talk back? Humans and dogs have a truly amazing relationship, developed along an evolutionary journey that goes back nearly 10,000 years. Do they really understand what we say, think, and feel? Recent research suggests dogs know more about our language and emotions than you might think.

 

 

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!

The 27 Club: Our picks from PBS Digital Studios

There’s a lot of things to be thankful for, but one thing we can all be grateful for is great music. Sadly, some of the most profound musicians of the 20th Century died at the age of 27 which has encouraged mythologizing on what actually happened. Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison all died at the age of 27 between 1969 and 1971. At that time, the deaths of these talented musicians did give rise to some speculation, but it wasn’t until  Kurt Cobain’s suicide in 1994 that the idea of a ’27 Club’ hit the mainstream.

This week’s picks from PBS Digital Studios’Blank on Blank,’ will take you into lost interviews with Hendrix, Joplin, Morrison and Cobain.

Jimi Hendrix on The Experience – Blank on Blank

Today’s rockers will probably tell you Jimi Hendrix was huge influence on their music and we can’t blame them. Hendrix, American rock guitarist, singer-songwriter, is regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists of all time and is still celebrated by music-goers today. On this episode of Blank on Blank, you will listen to Hendrix’s last interview, one week before his on September 18, 1970.

Janis Joplin on Rejection – Blank on Blank

Up until Janis Joplin rose to fame in 1967, the music industry was predominantly owned by men. Joplin is now considered the premier female blues musician of the 1960s, with a powerful, raw and emotional stage presence it’s easy to see why she still holds this title. However, the negative opinions from others deeply affected Joplin in a way we had no idea about. In this Blank on Blank video, you will see a different side of Joplin in her last interview before her death on October 4, 1970.

Jim Morrison on Why Fat is BeautifulBlank on Blank

Today’s society has engraved in us that being overweight is looked down upon by the public. Everywhere you turn celebrities and models show off their beach-ready bodies, but Jim Morrison has something to say about that. Frontman of the American rock band, The Doors, opens up in this interview about his personal experience with weight gain and his view on it.

Kurt Cobain on Identity – Blank on Blank

When you think of the 1990s one face comes to mind: Kurt Cobain. Lead singer of American punk band, Nirvana, Cobain was – and is- the spokesperson for every teenager that doesn’t feel accepted by society. Often, he was the outcast at school and found a way to release himself through punk music – which portrayed how he felt socially and politically. In this interview, you will learn how Cobain felt towards his own identity and how he dealt with it.

 

Memories, delusions and dreams: Our picks from PBS Digital Studios

There is so much we know about how our brain works, knowing these facts scientists and doctors can now figure out what’s wrong with our brains when something unusual happens. In this week’s picks from PBS Digital Studios, watch three episodes of Brain Craft and explore how memories shape the criminal justice system, delusions and if dogs dream.

Can Your Memory Make a Murderer? – Brain Craft 

After watching Netflix’s Making a Muderer Vanessa Hill, Brain Craft host, had some interesting questions about the documentary. In this episode, Hill will explore false memories, incorrect eyewitness testimonies and false confessions along with their connection with the criminal justice system.

The Truman Show Delusion – Brain Craft

At one point in your life you’ve probably dreamt of being famous, right? Well, for some individuals being the center of attention has driven them to point of delusions. Scientists and doctors have named it the ‘Truman Show Delusion.’ Much like the 1998 film, The Truman Show, these individuals think everything and everyone around them is part of a television show; when in reality their mind can’t tell the difference between what’s real and what’s not. In this episode of Brain Craft, Hill will explore this symptom of Bipolar disorder and Schizophrenia.

Do Dogs Dream? – Brain Craft 

On average, dogs sleep for about 14 hours a day. Yeah, that’s a long time. Consuming so much sleep makes you wonder if dogs dream. Watch this episode of Brain Craft to find out!

PBS 2016 Online Film Festival

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.

 

 

Physics Girl: Our picks from PBS Digital Studios

This week join Physics Girl as she explores the science of your eyes, what colors our brain thinks we’re seeing and see if your phone can receive calls while in a microwave.

Could you replace your eye with a camera? – Physics Girl 

How does the eye compare to a camera? How do they work, and will camera technology ever get to the point where you would want to replace your eyeball with a camera? Find out on this episode of Physics Girl!

Does this look white to you? – Physics Girl

Color is all around you. You can’t escape it. But did you know your brain only has three color sensors: red, blue and green. In this episode, you will uncover how your brain creates color by using these three colors.

Can you call a cell phone in the microwave? – Physics Girl

Can a cell phone placed in a microwave receive signals? What’s the difference between oven radiation and the signals used by your phone? Find out on this episode of Physics Girl!

Indie America: Our picks from PBS Digital Studios

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.

 

 

Gross Science: Our picks from PBS Digital Studios

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.